10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
— 1 night
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Los Angeles
— 1 night


Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, cruise along Grand Loop Road, and admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Detroit to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Detroit in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are colder with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

West Yellowstone

— 1 night
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip planning site.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in West Yellowstone can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks


— 1 night

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Pittock Mansion, stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then get outside with Portland Timbers, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Portland road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from West Yellowstone to Portland takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from West Yellowstone to Portland due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in May: high temperatures in Portland hover around 70°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning website.

Fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles online visit planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 75°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Highlights from your trip

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Oregon travel guide

Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.