22 days in Washington DC, Grand Canyon National Park & California Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC, Grand Canyon National Park & California Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Washington DC
— 4 nights
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
3
San Diego
— 2 nights
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
7
Sacramento
— 2 nights

4
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Museum-lovers will appreciate U.S. Naval Academy and National Portrait Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Arlington National Cemetery and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Baltimore (Fell's Point & Historic Ships in Baltimore). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, get engrossed in the history at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and stop by Old Town.

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Manchester, UK to Washington DC is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Washington DC is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Washington DC reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Baltimore, Arlington, U.S. Naval Academy, Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens ©
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
U.S. Naval Academy ©
U.S. Naval Academy
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get outdoors at Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Desert View Watchtower and Yavapai Point. There's much more to do: hike along Rim Trail, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and get great views at Mather Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

2
nights
San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and La Jolla Shores Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Point Loma and Old Town Model Railroad Depot. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego road trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and tram. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Battleship USS Iowa Museum and The Broad are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Monica Bay and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with The Grove, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles attractions planner.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit warmer, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
Battleship USS Iowa Museum ©
Battleship USS Iowa Museum
Santa Monica Bay ©
Santa Monica Bay
The Broad ©
The Broad

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Get outdoors at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip site.

Traveling by bus from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 12 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

3
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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Lands End and Walt Disney Family Museum. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Presidio of San Francisco, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and explore the activities along San Francisco Bay.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sacramento.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum
Lands End ©
Lands End

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nights
Sacramento

Sacramento ©
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 13th (Thu), take in nature's colorful creations at California State Capitol Museum, thensee the interesting displays at California State Railroad Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip builder website.

You can drive from San Francisco to Sacramento in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Sacramento are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sacramento

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum ©
Crocker Art Museum
California State Capitol Museum ©
California State Capitol Museum

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