55 days in Western US Itinerary

55 days in Western US Itinerary

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55 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
3
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
St. Helena
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 15​min
9
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
bus + train:  8​h 15​min
10
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h
12
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
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.
On the 7th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

Des Moines to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

National Museum of Wildlife Art
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art

7
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 34°F at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

6
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, contemplate the waterfront views at Santa Monica Bay, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabrillo Beach, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Los Angeles in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Norton Simon Museum, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach

5
nights
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.
USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego will appeal to museum buffs. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Step out of San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, and admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Diego online trip builder .

Getting from Los Angeles to San Diego by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

1
night
Carmel

Carmel
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in June, things will get little chillier in Carmel: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

6
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome, and take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. When traveling from Carmel in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 41°F at night. On the 4th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Fort Funston National Park and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and admire the masterpieces at Asian Art Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Neighborhoods, #Parks, #Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the St. Helena trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of subway and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in St. Helena to be little chillier, around 52°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in St. Helena

#Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Haystack Rock and then kick back and relax at Cannon Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from St. Helena to Cannon Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, subway, and flight; or drive. Traveling from St. Helena in July, expect nights in Cannon Beach to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. On the 13th (Fri), you're off toOlympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach

4
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Hurricane Ridge and Olympic National Park.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park by combination of bus and train takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, stroll through Alki Beach, then view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Seattle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Olympic National Park in July, expect Seattle to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

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

7
nights
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.
Visiting Rim Trail and North Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. On the 22nd (Sun), 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, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Grand Canyon National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for 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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strip and The Mob Museum. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker app .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. 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 July, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 104°F and lows about 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Casinos

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

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