12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
5
Carmel
— 1 night
bus:  30​min
6
Big Sur
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
San Simeon
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
9
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

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day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 26th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park and then hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online trip planner .

San Francisco to Redwood National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Francisco in August, with highs in Redwood National Park at 64°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lady Bird Johnson Grove
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Redwood National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours and then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey day trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Monterey by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Monterey are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to China Rock, identify plant and animal life at Bird Rock Vista Point, then make a trip to Lone Cypress, and finally play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Cypress Point Golf Club.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pebble Beach trip itinerary maker app .

Pebble Beach is just a stone's throw from Monterey. In August in Pebble Beach, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Carmel.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Outdoors Golf Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links
Cypress Point Golf Club ©
Cypress Point Golf Club
Bird Rock Vista Point ©
Bird Rock Vista Point

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Carmel Mission and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carmel day trip planning app .

Carmel is just a short distance from Pebble Beach. August in Carmel sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Big Sur.

Things to do in Carmel

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
Carmel Beach Boardwalk ©
Carmel Beach Boardwalk

few
hours
Big Sur

Big Sur
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Big Sur holiday builder app .

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In August, daytime highs in Big Sur are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for San Simeon on the 31st (Mon).

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

3
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Amphora Gallery and Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Hearst Castle and Nitt Witt Ridge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, and trek along Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from San Simeon in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online holiday planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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