12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bring the kids along to Disneyland Park and Griffith Observatory. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles route maker .

Detroit to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Los Angeles, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Washburn Point, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park visit planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Los Angeles in August, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa 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 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Exploratorium, then browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

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You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yellowstone National Park and Lamar Valley. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel, take in the dramatic scenery at Kepler Cascades, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 38°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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