31 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

31 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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31 days in West Coast & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Jerusalem
+3
bus + foot + train + Fly:  18​h 45​min
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 15​min
Portland
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  19​h 45​min
End: Jerusalem

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carpinteria State Beach and VOM FASS Ventura. Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Ojai (Bart's Books & Ojai Meadows Preserve) and Ventura Harbor Village (in Ventura). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Abbot Kinney Boulevard, look for gifts at The Original Farmers Market, look for all kinds of wild species at Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery, and browse the different shops at The Grove.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles day trip planner .

Jerusalem, Israel to Los Angeles is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 10 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jerusalem in August: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 34°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Shopping

Side Trips

Carpinteria, Ventura, Ojai, Santa Monica Mountains
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Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio and then get great views at Lookout Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, then get great views at Lipan Point, then take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 11°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toSan Diego.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Scenic Drive, #Outdoors, #Shopping
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East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 20th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego online vacation planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Diego, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Monterey.

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#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 23rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at National Steinbeck Center, stop by The Cheese Shop, then hike along Point Lobos State Reserve, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmel Mission. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, don't miss a visit to Lovers Point, and then get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Monterey online day trip planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Monterey in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Diego in August: high temperatures in Monterey hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach Golf Links, National Steinbeck Center
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Lovers Point ©
Lovers Point
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Limantour Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve (in Moss Beach), Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Drakes Beach, identify plant and animal life at Safari West, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco attractions planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

St. Helena, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Safari West, Drakes Beach, Limantour Beach
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Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Head to Lazy Dog Chocolateria and Cabela'sfor plenty of shopping. Visit Nevada Beach Campground and Meeks Bay Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting South Lake Tahoe side-trips: Virginia City (Fourth Ward School Museum & Silver State National Peace Officers Museum), Western Pacific Railroad Museum (in Portola) and Nevada State Museum (in Carson City). There's more to do: tee off at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course and examine the collection at Genoa Courthouse Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trips

Virginia City, Lazy Dog Chocolateria, Meeks Bay Beach, Nevada Beach Campground, Nevada State Museum
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Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course ©
Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

5
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Johnston Ridge Observatory and Cape Meares Lighthouse. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Powell's City of Books and Blue Heron Cheese & Wine Company. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Vista House (in Corbett), Flavel House Museum (in Astoria) and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum (in The Dalles). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach, look for gifts at Tillamook Country Smoker, and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portland online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Portland takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portland, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Tillamook, Tillamook Country Smoker, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Johnston Ridge Observatory
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Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pike Place Market and Chihuly Garden and Glass. You'll get in some beach time at Ed Munro Seahurst Park and Tolmie State Park. Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (in Issaquah), Olympia (Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area & Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge) and Bloedel Reserve (in Bainbridge Island). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, make a trip to Chihuly Bridge of Glass, and pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip website .

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Seattle sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 11th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Olympia, Seahurst Beach Park, Bloedel Reserve, Chihuly Bridge of Glass, Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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