12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
3
Bellingham
— 1 night
4
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
7
Monterey
— 1 night

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Old Mission Santa Barbara, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens, thenget to know the resident critters at Santa Barbara Zoo, and finally wander the streets of State Street Underpass.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip planner.

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in August: high temperatures in Santa Barbara hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Zoo ©
Santa Barbara Zoo
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens ©
Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Yosemite Valley Chapel, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, thenexplore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and train from Santa Barbara to Yosemite National Park in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in August, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of °F. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Bellingham.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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Bellingham

Bellingham ©
Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver.
On the 12th (Wed), trek along South Bay Trail and then let the river carry you with Triad River Tours.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellingham itinerary builder website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Bellingham by bus takes about 34 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Bellingham: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Bellingham

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Triad River Tours ©
Triad River Tours

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls and then explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary website.

Getting from Bellingham to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bellingham to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Bellingham in August, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be little chillier, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, get great views at Lookout Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, thenexplore the activities along Cistern Spring, thenexplore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, and finally explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, thenadmire the sheer force of Undine Falls, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River, and finally admire the sheer force of Kepler Cascades.

Planning Yellowstone National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach °F and lows reach °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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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 17th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park route planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 18th (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Monterey trip planning website.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Monterey in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Point Lobos
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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