9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

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9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & West Coast Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Anaheim
— 1 night
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Tram + Bus:  7​h
6
Cannon Beach
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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day
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.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Washington DC in January since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Grand Canyon Railway Depot ©
Grand Canyon Railway Depot

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Anaheim.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): discover the magic at Disneyland Park.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anaheim trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Anaheim takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Anaheim to be a bit warmer, temps between 71°F and 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Anaheim to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Anaheim in January; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 44°F and lows reach 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip site .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Cannon Beach and then take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach driving holiday planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Cannon Beach by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in January; daily highs in Cannon Beach reach 50°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

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nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle journey builder app .

You can drive from Cannon Beach to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. January in Seattle sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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