12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Monterey
— 1 night
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Pebble Beach
— 1 night
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Carmel
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— Few hours
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San Simeon
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
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 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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 travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©

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 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and 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

Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. 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 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. 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
Highlights from your plan
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach ©
Pebble Beach is an unincorporated community on the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey County, California. On the 29th (Sat), cruise along China Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at 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 · Wildlife · Parks
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

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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. 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
Highlights from your plan
Carmel Mission ©
Carmel Mission
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission ©
San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission
Carmel Beach Boardwalk ©
Carmel Beach Boardwalk

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Big Sur

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 · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Friends of the Elephant Seal and William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Amphora Gallery and Ephraim Pottery West Gallery. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, and steep yourself in history at Nitt Witt Ridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Simeon tour planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Simeon takes 2 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in August, plan for much warmer days in San Simeon, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ©
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©

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 car from San Simeon to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©

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 4.5 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

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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

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