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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Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Bus to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus
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Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Bus
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Shuttle to Page, AZ-Colorado River Discovery Office, Shuttle to St. George. UT-Mavericks, Shuttle to Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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San Francisco

— 3 nights

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 Beer Tastings & Tours. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End.

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-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, 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 fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
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 drive; 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

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 Sentinel Dome. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

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

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mammoth Lakes

— 2 nights
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. Another option is to drive. 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

Side Trips

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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: take a bus; or 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

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

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 · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

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 Wayfarers Chapel 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: Laguna Beach (Crystal Cove, Main Beach, &more), Malibu (Zuma Beach & El Matador State Beach) and Redondo Beach (in Redondo Beach). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to 26-Mile Bike Path, watch a film at California Science Center, stroll through The Wedge, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles holiday planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

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 Point Loma. Take a break from the city and head to Coronado Beach and Moonlight State Beach. Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Del Mar City Beach in Del Mar, about 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Beach, catch the contagious excitement of Del Mar Race Track, appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond.

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Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 68°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish up 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

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 fly. 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 · Wildlife · Nature

Zion National Park

— 1 night
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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.