19 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Los Angeles & Costa Rica Itinerary

19 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Los Angeles & Costa Rica Itinerary

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19 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Los Angeles & Costa Rica Itinerary

Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + bus:  19​h
Grand Canyon National Park, United States
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles, United States
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  12​h
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
Lisbon, Portugal

3
days
Grand Canyon National Park, United States

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in July, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
days
Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica Beach. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center and get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online vacation maker .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Los Angeles

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Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

2
days
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Biesanz and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Manuel Antonio sightseeing site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Manuel Antonio in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Manuel Antonio are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monteverde.

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Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Playa Biesanz ©
Playa Biesanz
River Rafting & Tubing

2
days
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle, then stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Rosewood.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monteverde tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Manuel Antonio to Monteverde takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Santa Teresa.

Things to do in Monteverde

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Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena ©
Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena

1
day
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Santa Teresa ©
A coastal getaway popular with surfers and young travelers, Santa Teresa spreads out from the beach and the main coastal road to a ring of newer developments on the surrounding hills.
On the 29th (Sun), stop by Tica Surf Bikinis and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Santa Teresa.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Santa Teresa online holiday planner .

You can drive from Monteverde to Santa Teresa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, ferry, and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Santa Teresa

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Playa Santa Teresa ©
Playa Santa Teresa
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Samara Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Playa Samara day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Santa Teresa to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Playa Conchal.

Things to do in Playa Samara

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
days
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Playa Conchal ©
On the 1st (Wed), do sightseeing your way with Private Tours and then kick back and relax at Playa Conchal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stop by Cheboards, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Avellana.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Playa Conchal online attractions planner .

Drive from Playa Samara to Playa Conchal in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Playa Conchal, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Playa Conchal

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Tamarindo, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Playa Avellana
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Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Playa Avellana ©
Playa Avellana
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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