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1. Posted by kiwiandrea (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Im travelling thru North America starting at Xmas time for a couple of months. The plan at this stage is to head to Toronto, New York, Washington DC, and then over to LA, San Fran and Vegas. Is the Grand Canyon easy to access during winter because I'm also keen to head there. I'm also really into the outdoors and am wondering about Yosemite area, is it worth going to in winter?
Thanks so much!

2. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

You should probably plan on Toronto, New York, and DC being pretty cold. San Francisco might get pretty chilly, too. The Grand Canyon won't be a problem to access at all - the weather will probably be pretty nice there that time of year.

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Andrea,
Yosemite NP is open all year, but a few roads are closed due to snow. It will be cold during these months, but much fewer people and perhaps some great photo ops. Same with the Grand Canyon. The south rim stays open all year, the north rim closed due to snow. The south rim is at 7,000 ft, snow is possible during these months. Of course Las Vegas is jumping all the time and the weather is not much of a factor when so many of the reasons to visit are indoors. Vegas is the jumping off city for GC tours, either by plane, helicopter or bus. Send me a PM if you have additional questions.

4. Posted by kiwiandrea (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

Great, thank you very much guys! That's helped me out a lot. I think I'll have to drop into Yosemite for sure. Cheers! :)

5. Posted by hannah85 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Pack a heavy jacket!! It is going to be freezing!! I have heard that NY is gorgeous around Christmas. As for DC, try to see the bid display of Christmas trees. Also, just so you know, all the Smithsonian museums are free. THe National Portrait Gallery just reopened after several years of renovation and it is really worth going to. Yosemite will be even colder than DC, but I've seen pictures of it in the snow, and I'm envious that you'll be seeing it. Well, have fun visiting we northerners!