35 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

35 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Portland
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 8 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to San Diego
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Portland is known for parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, head outdoors with Portland Timbers, identify plant and animal life at Hoyt Arboretum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Oregon Zoo.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Portland trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Portland is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Portland. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Portland, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 4th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails

San Francisco

— 8 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, walk around Golden Gate Park, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace.

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You can fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, walk around Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seattle, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, watch a film at TCL Chinese Theatres, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip maker site.

You can fly from Seattle to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 3 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 20th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Santa Barbara Zoo, then take a stroll through State Street Underpass, and then contemplate the long history of Old Mission Santa Barbara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Stearns Wharf, then don't miss a visit to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cold Spring Tavern.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, Santa Barbara is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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 24th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: try out the rides at SeaWorld San Diego, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Monterey Bay Aquarium, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Bixby Bridge and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Monterey trip planner.

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Diego in July, with highs in Monterey at 24°C and lows at 15°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Half Dome, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Monterey to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails