22 days in California & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cambria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Bristol

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San Francisco — 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Beer Tastings & Tours. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online trip planner.

Bristol, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 8 hours. In July in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 3 nights

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. Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll get in some beach time at Carmel River State Beach and Pfeiffer State Beach. Explore Carmel's surroundings by going to McWay Falls (in Big Sur) and Natural Bridges State Beach (in Santa Cruz). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, explore the activities along Spanish Bay, and don't miss a visit to John Denver Memorial.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carmel online trip builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. July in Carmel sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cambria.
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Cambria — 2 nights

Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). On the 13th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Cambria Dog Park, then stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

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You can drive from Carmel to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for warmer days and about the same nights in Cambria: temperatures range from 40°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Cambria to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cambria in July: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 7 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rim Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and get great views at Powell Point.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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California travel guide

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The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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