37 days in Western US Itinerary

37 days in Western US Itinerary

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37 days in Western US Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly + bus:  11​h
New York City

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. And it doesn't end there: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the San Diego route builder website .

New York City to San Diego is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to San Diego, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in San Diego, with lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

5
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Montana Avenue and Amoeba Music. Do some cultural sightseeing at Getty Center The Publications and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 38 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour builder .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Montana Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

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.
Head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studiofor some retail therapy. On the 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along South Kaibab Trail, stroll through Rim Trail, and take in a show at Hopi House.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 69°F, while nights are colder with lows around 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

5
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.
Do your shopping at The Strip and Barneys New York. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at The Mirage, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and take in a show at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

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

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 65°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Casinos Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for gifts at The Cheese Shop and then trek along Point Lobos State Reserve.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 68°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Wildlife Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve ©
Point Lobos State Reserve
The Cheese Shop
The Cheese Shop

5
days
San Francisco

San Francisco
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Step out of San Francisco to go to Moss Beach and see Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a stroll through The Castro, and look for gifts at City Lights Booksellers & Publishers.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman's Wharf
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Union Square ©
Union Square

3
days
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Head to Pike Place Market and Chukar Cherriesfor plenty of shopping. Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, look for gifts at The Elliott Bay Book Company, and browse the range of quality goods at NORDSTROM.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. June in Seattle sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight

5
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.
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, and contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park. While traveling from Seattle, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 34°F. On the 17th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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