12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly:  5​h
1
Los Angeles
— Few hours
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Springfield

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour itinerary planner .

Springfield to Los Angeles is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Canals Walkway ©
Venice Canals Walkway

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

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 somewhat warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fort Funston National Park ©
Fort Funston National Park

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 26th (Sun): kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Carmel are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Nature Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

1
night
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego vacation maker tool .

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, San Diego is a bit warmer than Carmel - with highs of 71°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

2
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. On the 29th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park journey maker app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from San Diego in May, Grand Canyon National Park is colder at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along North Rim Trail and don't miss a visit to Artist Point.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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