24 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

24 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 1 night

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Mission Dolores. Step off the beaten path and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Lands End. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, stroll around Presidio of San Francisco, and make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip site.

Newark to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and subway. Traveling from Newark to San Francisco, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, expect San Francisco to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stroll around Valhalla at Lake Tahoe, enjoy the sand and surf at Pope Beach, then sample the tasty concoctions at South Lake Brewing Company, then relax in the rural setting at Tahoe Trout Farm, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nevada Beach Campground, go for a stroll along the water at Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina, then immerse yourself in nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Theresa Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe vacation planning website.

Getting from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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Valhalla at Lake Tahoe ©
Valhalla at Lake Tahoe
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, and stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stroll around Mono Lake County Park, hike along Parker Lake Trail, explore the activities along Gull Lake, then tee off at Snowcreek Golf Course, and finally tee off at Sierra Star Golf Club. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Lakes Trails, hike along Crystal Lake trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, and finally trek along Mammoth Crest Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Lakes trip maker app.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. August in Mammoth Lakes sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Twin Lakes Trails ©
Twin Lakes Trails
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Sierra Star Golf Club ©
Sierra Star Golf Club

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin, then explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, and finally trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in August, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 95°F and 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 19th (Wed), mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ghost Town of Schwab, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 70°F in Death Valley National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Newport Beach and Manhattan Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Malibu (Zuma Beach & El Matador State Beach), Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes) and Laguna Beach (Crystal Cove, Main Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path, engage your brain at California Science Center, stroll through The Wedge, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
Manhattan Beach ©
Manhattan Beach

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San Diego

San Diego ©

America's Finest City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Jolla Shores Park and Fort Rosecrans Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Point Loma and Coronado Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Diego: Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar) and Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: stroll through Coronado Beach, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and kick back and relax at Pacific Beach.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip app.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: highs in San Diego hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Coronado Beach ©
Coronado Beach
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Pacific Beach ©
Pacific Beach

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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.
On the 28th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of tram, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park online itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 10 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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