38 days in Grand Canyon National Park & West Coast Itinerary

38 days in Grand Canyon National Park & West Coast Itinerary

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Grand Canyon National Park
— Few hours
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
5
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 1 night
7
San Simeon
— 1 night
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
9
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
10
Seattle
— 3 nights
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Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
12
Portland
— 4 nights

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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.
For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online travel planner.

Kansas City to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Kansas City, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. You'll set off for Los Angeles on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hollywood Bowl Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Broad and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, approximately Rancho Palos Verdes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, make a trip to Universal CityWalk Hollywood, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and stop by LA Farmers' Market.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or 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 Los Angeles. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (85°F), and nights are much hotter (66°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Redondo Beach, Norton Simon Museum
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
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Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Broad ©
The Broad
Hollywood Bowl Museum ©
Hollywood Bowl Museum

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muir Woods National Monument and Crocker Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bolinas Beach (in Bolinas), California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento) and Rockaway Beach (in Pacifica). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, San Francisco is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Sacramento, Bolinas Beach, Blue Line Arts, Rockaway Beach, Muir Woods National Monument
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
California State Railroad Museum ©
California State Railroad Museum
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Beatty Museum & Historical Society, look for gifts at Death Valley Nut & Candy, and then contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beatty
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Beatty Museum & Historical Society ©
Beatty Museum & Historical Society

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, make a trip to Yosemite Village, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stop by The Cheese Shop, then take a stroll through Ocean Avenue, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery by the Sea Carmel, and finally kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 15.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for much hotter nights in Carmel, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:
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The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop
Gallery by the Sea Carmel ©
Gallery by the Sea Carmel
Ocean Avenue ©
Ocean Avenue

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, stop by Sebastian General Store, then learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planning tool.

Getting from Carmel to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Carmel in October, plan for a bit warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 83°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Hearst Ranch Winery ©
Hearst Ranch Winery
Sebastian General Store ©
Sebastian General Store

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Moro Rock Trail and Congress Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to General Sherman Tree and Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through General Grant Tree Trail, hike along Buena Vista Peak Trail, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In October in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
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Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Hoh River Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Murhut Falls and Ozette Loop Hike. Change things up with these side-trips from Olympic National Park: Hoodsport Winery (in Hoodsport) and Rocky Brook Falls Trail (in Brinnon). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Olympic Discovery Trail, hike along Second Beach Trail, and explore the activities along Hood Canal.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park trip itinerary website.

Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Olympic National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Olympic National Park are cooler (59°F), and nights are slightly colder (44°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hoodsport Winery, Olympic Discovery Trail, Rocky Brook Falls Trail
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Hoh River Trail ©
Hoh River Trail
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Museum of Flight and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Tacoma (Museum of Glass & Chihuly Bridge of Glass). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, make a trip to Space Needle, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bruce Lee Grave Site, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of History & Industry.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Seattle travel website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Olympic National Park in October, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Tacoma
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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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 29th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Bronze Coast Gallery, kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, kick back and relax at Tolovana Beach State Recreation Site, then take an in-depth tour of Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach. Keep things going the next day: browse for treasures at Wheeler Station Antiques, then see the interesting displays at Garibaldi Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Tillamook Air Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach road trip planning site.

You can drive from Seattle to Cannon Beach in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Cannon Beach are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Wheeler Station Antiques, Tillamook Air Museum, Garibaldi Museum
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Garibaldi Museum ©
Garibaldi Museum

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Portland

Portland ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Powell's City of Books and Oneonta Gorge. Escape the urban bustle at Forest Park and Tryon Creek State Natural Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center (in Stevenson) and Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge (in Hood River). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, take an in-depth tour of Oregon Historical Society, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and pick up some local products at Portland Farmers Market - Office Location.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Portland itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Portland takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Portland sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Fort Vancouver | National Historic Site, Columbia River Highway, Oneonta Gorge, Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 3:
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge

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