12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: New Bern
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Flagstaff
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: New Bern

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, make a trip to Artist Point, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful. On your second day here, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, then hike along Natural Bridge Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park day trip site .

New Bern to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Bern to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Bern in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

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
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
night
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 12th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park online route builder .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Twin Peaks, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip planning app .

Fly from Grand Teton National Park to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Teton National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 76°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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.
On the 14th (Sat), stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally trek along Panorama Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
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 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas route builder tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

4
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Bright Angel Trail and Lipan Point. Explore Flagstaff's surroundings by going to Grand Canyon National Park (Bright Angel Point, Cape Royal, & more).

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Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Flagstaff takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, things will get cooler in Flagstaff: highs are around 73°F and lows about 43°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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