12 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

12 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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12 days in West Coast, Grand Canyon National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lower Big Quilcene Trail and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Bring the kids along to Pike Place Market and Glasshouse Studio. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Bainbridge Island to see Bloedel Reserve about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Seattle trip maker app .

Brisbane, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Seattle, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Bloedel Reserve, Lower Big Quilcene Trail
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park driving holiday site .

Getting from Seattle to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in June, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in a show at Hopi House, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the next day, get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum and then hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then admire the masterpieces at Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Neon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 46°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tom Devlin's Monster Museum, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

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