11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, San Francisco & Yosemite National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Bus:  12 h 15 min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  10 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, thenhike along South Kaibab Trail, and finally explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, thenstroll through Bright Angel Trail, and then admire the striking features of Lookout Studio.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool.

Newark to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour bus ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stroll around Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and examine the collection at Exploratorium.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
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, stroll through Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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