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

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

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

Grand Canyon National Park
Drive:  12​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 28 nights
Grand Canyon National Park

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday planner .

Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco is an approximately 12-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April: highs in San Francisco hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

2
days
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.
On the 30th (Mon), hike along May Lake Trailhead. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in April, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

29
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horseshoe Bend. Kolb Studio and Hermit's Rest are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Kaibab National Forest and Inner Canyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Canyon National Park: Supai (Mooney Falls, Havasupai Falls, & more), Coal Mine Canyon (in Tuba City) and Marble Canyon (Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway & River Rafting & Tubing). On the 2nd (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: get great views at Lipan Point, trek along Hermit Trail, delve into the distant past at Tusayan Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Supai, Marble Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Coal Mine Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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