18 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Seattle Itinerary

18 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Seattle Itinerary

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18 days in California, Grand Canyon National Park & Seattle Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Popular historic sites such as Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Dana Point). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and take an in-depth tour of Autry Museum of the American West.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online journey planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Los Angeles, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in July; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 33°C and lows reach 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Oak Canyon Nature Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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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.
On the 21st (Tue), hike along Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, take a memorable drive along Cape Royal, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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 St. Dominic Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Funston National Park, get curious at Exploratorium, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and kick back and relax at Marshall’s Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

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

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then stroll around Mercer Slough Nature Park, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass. On your second day here, stroll through Alki Beach, then take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Seattle takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Seattle is a bit warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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