12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
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 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Las Vegas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Glacier Point. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and hit the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
North Dome ©
North Dome
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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 Fisherman's Wharf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Union Square, enjoy the sea views from Fort Point, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in December: highs in San Francisco hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip planning site .

Getting from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Grand Teton National Park reach 26°F and lows reach 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Washburn and Hayden Valley. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, identify plant and animal life at Beryl Spring, and explore the striking landscape of Old Gardiner Road.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park travel route app .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. December in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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