12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Drive
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Pebble Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Carmel
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
Drive
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park and then hike along Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

San Francisco to Redwood National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler 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) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour planner.

Getting from Redwood National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in August, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Monterey

— 1 night
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then admire all the interesting features of 17-Mile Drive.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pebble Beach.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Scenic Drive

Pebble Beach

— 1 night
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. On the 29th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from China Rock, then stroll through Bird Rock Vista Point, then go for a walk through Lone Cypress, and finally tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): play a few rounds at Cypress Point Golf Club.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pebble Beach travel itinerary planner.

Pebble Beach is very close to Monterey. In August, daily temperatures in Pebble Beach can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Pebble Beach

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Wildlife

Carmel

— 1 night
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. On the 30th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Carmel Mission and then take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

Plan my day in Carmel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Carmel is very close to Pebble Beach. In August, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 57°F. 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

Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 31st (Mon), you're off to San Simeon.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

San Simeon

— 3 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hearst Castle and Nitt Witt Ridge. Visiting Piedras Blancas and Moonstone Beach Dr will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. While traveling from Big Sur, expect much hotter days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 94°F to lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 1 night

City of Angels

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 in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then examine the collection at The Getty Center, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

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 5th (Sat): examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas tour planning app.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°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

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 6th (Sun), hike along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To plan Grand Canyon National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 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. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature