29 days in Western US Itinerary

29 days in Western US Itinerary

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29 days in Western US Itinerary

Zurich
Fly:  13​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + taxi:  13​h
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Zurich

1
day
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner

Zurich, Switzerland to Colorado Springs is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Zurich in December, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of -9°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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 10th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at String Lake and then identify plant and animal life at National Elk Refuge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park day trip tool

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Grand Teton National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lamar Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online vacation planner

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -19°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. There's still lots to do: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Bellagio Fountains, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online travel route planner

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 15°C and lows at 4°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and North Kaibab Trail. On the 22nd (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: trek along Rim Trail and take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. On the 26th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and trek along May Lake Trailhead.

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Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. December in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

4
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Golden Gate Park, wander the streets of The Embarcadero, and catch a ride on Cable Cars.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco tour itinerary maker tool

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are much hotter (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and then explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Children's Pool and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

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You can fly from San Francisco to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in January, things will get somewhat warmer in San Diego: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

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