11 days in Western US Itinerary

11 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cody
— 1 day
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Philadelphia International Airport

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Cody

— 1 day

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

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Philadelphia to Cody is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Cody is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get little chillier in Cody: highs are around 79°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Yellowstone National Park side-trips: Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park) and Horseback Riding Tours (in Gardiner). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, take an unorthodox tour of Palette Spring, tour the pleasant surroundings at Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and make a trip to The 45th Parallel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Cody to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cody in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Park. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, appreciate the history behind Coit Tower, and go for a walk through Lombard Street.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip tool.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Childrens Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point. On your second day here, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and finally trek along Lembert Dome.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails