10 days in Western US Itinerary

10 days in Western US Itinerary

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10 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Santa Monica
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Beijing

1
day
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.
On the 20th (Thu), look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, make a trip to Space Needle, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and finally browse the different shops at Pacific Place.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary planning website .

Beijing, China to Seattle is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Beijing to Seattle is minus 16 hours. In December, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Beijing - with highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Elliott Bay Book Company ©
Elliott Bay Book Company

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 21st (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, take a stroll through The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally take in a show at Bellagio Fountains. On your second day here, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, look for gifts at Barneys New York, and then browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planning site .

You can fly from Seattle to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Forum Shops at Caesars ©
The Forum Shops at Caesars

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): look for gifts at Lookout Studio, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Canyon Village Marketplace ©
Canyon Village Marketplace
Lookout Studio ©
Lookout Studio

1
day
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, look for gifts at Amoeba Music, then buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, then stop by UCLA Store, and finally look for gifts at Bergamot Station.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Monica attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica takes 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Monica. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December: high temperatures in Santa Monica hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
Bergamot Station ©
Bergamot Station
Amoeba Music ©
Amoeba Music
The Grove ©
The Grove

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): make a trip to Yosemite Village, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Santa Monica in December; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stroll through Golden Gate Park, take a memorable ride with Cable Cars, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

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 December, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are much hotter (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market ©
Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

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