9 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

9 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

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9 days in California & Arizona Itinerary

Start: Oklahoma City
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  14​h
End: Oklahoma City

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner .

Oklahoma City to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Oklahoma City in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest and then trek along Rim Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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