15 days in Grand Canyon National Park & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

15 days in Grand Canyon National Park & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

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15 days in Grand Canyon National Park & California's Wine Coast Country Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly + Bus:  12 h 45 min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
2
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Arroyo Grande
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

7
nights
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.
Visit Navajo Bridge and Grand Canyon Railway Depot for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Lipan Point and Powell Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Canyon National Park: Cameron Trading Post (in Cameron) and Supai (Navajo Falls & Mooney Falls). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, get great views at Shoshone Point, cruise along East Rim Drive, and explore and take pictures at Point Imperial Drive.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampa to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tampa in September, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Supai, Cameron Trading Post
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge

2
nights
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.
Visit Piedras Blancas Light Station and Santa Rosa Catholic Church for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fiscalini Ranch Preserve and Piedras Blancas. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Cambria Nursery and Florist, immerse yourself in nature at Leffingwell Landing, and make a trip to Ragged Point Overlook.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Simeon trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Simeon by car takes about 10.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Simeon is minus 1 hour. In September, San Simeon is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 90°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arroyo Grande.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande is a city in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States. Relax by the water at Pismo State Beach and Avila Main Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Bluff Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arroyo Grande: Los Osos (Sweet Springs Nature Preserve & Elfin Forest Preserve) and Cayucos Pier (in Cayucos). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, stop by Alapay Cellars, and contemplate the long history of Point San Luis Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arroyo Grande trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Arroyo Grande takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Arroyo Grande: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 57°F at night. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Arroyo Grande

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Los Osos, Pismo State Beach, Cayucos Pier
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Speed Boats Tours
Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail
Pismo State Beach ©
Pismo State Beach

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