5 days in Western US Itinerary

5 days in Western US Itinerary

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5 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  6​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, then play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip tool .

Des Moines to San Francisco is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to San Francisco is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Wed), try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, try your luck at Casino at the Venetian, then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and finally take in a show at Bellagio Fountains. Here are some ideas for day two: try to win big at The Mirage, then try to win big at New York New York Casino, and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planning tool .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 87°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Fun & Games, #Casinos, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

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