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  1. Default San Fran to Grand Canyon road trip!


    My husband and I live in San Fran and would like to take a trip to the grand canyon the South Rim. Can anyone please advice what is the best/scenic roads to take?
    We would like to leave mid-day on May 6, 2016 and be back by May 8, 2016 in the evening. Is this feasible?
    Also, we need to stay the night on 5/6 & 5/7. Any recommendations?
    Please advice

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO

    Default Not even close to feasible

    Welcome to RTA!

    No, you can't even drive from SF to the GC and back in 2.5 days, much less see anything at the GC. You need 4 FULL days for this trip - a day and a half each way and a day at the GC. A better option would be to fly to Las Vegas or Phoenix and rent a car, and that would still be tight.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    The recommendations is to find another destination or buy plane tickets. As GLC mentioned, you don't even have enough time to drive there and back on the schedule you laid out.

    There are several national parks that are close enough to do as a weekend trip from SF, but you need to be looking within the state of California.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    Among the recommendations for a reasonable weekend destination:

    Redwoods National Park -- head north on US-101.

    Lassen Volcanic National Park -- also north, but lots further inland. My recommendation would be to save that one for later in the summer, as the road typically doesn't open till mid-May or later. Here's the road-opening/closing history.

    Yosemite National Park - probably the premier destination for many Californians and definitely for out of state and foreign visitors. Expect crowds on a weekend.

    Sequoia National Park - giant redwoods!

    These are all accessible from SF for a weekend like that. The Grand Canyon South Rim is 790 miles, which is approximately 15-16 hours ONE WAY. Definitely not doable in a weekend, unless it's a 4-day weekend (1.5 to drive there, 1 day to stay, 1.5 to drive back home).


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