12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

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nights
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.
On the 12th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail, and explore and take pictures at Lamar Valley.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park holiday tool .

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park day trip planning website .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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.
On the 15th (Sat), examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Pioneer Square, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip builder tool .

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Seattle in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Fisherman's Wharf and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, and take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder tool .

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planning site .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in June, with highs in Los Angeles at 79°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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