32 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

32 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus to Flagstaff, Fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills), Helicopter Tours (in Long Beach) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, admire the natural beauty at Will Rogers Memorial Park, and kick back and relax at Original Muscle Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Melbourne, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much warmer in Los Angeles: highs are around 34°C and lows about 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, and stroll around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip maker tool.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, stroll through North Kaibab Trail, and hike along Rim Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in September, plan for colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 5 nights

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Moro Rock Trail, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, hike along General Grant Tree Trail, and admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 38°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Half Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, walk around Golden Gate Park, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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.