23 days in Western US Itinerary

23 days in Western US Itinerary

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23 days in Western US Itinerary

Christchurch
Fly:  18​h
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + bus:  13​h
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Christchurch

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate City Lights Booksellers & Publishers and Grace Cathedral. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Christchurch, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Christchurch to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Christchurch in May, with highs in San Francisco at 23°C and lows at 13°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along May Lake Trailhead, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Wawona Meadow.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 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 May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. On the 19th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, get great views at Powell Point, and admire the striking features of Lookout Studio.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 13 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In May in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
days
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (21°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
day
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 24th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be much colder, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

4
days
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Lamar Valley and Yellowstone Lake will get you outdoors. On the 28th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, trek along Artist Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel route builder website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

2
days
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at National Elk Refuge, take in the awesome beauty at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and then admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

National Elk Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Elk Refuge ©
National Elk Refuge

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