12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
7
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
End: Atlanta

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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 15th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

Atlanta to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Atlanta to Grand Teton National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in July, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be much colder, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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

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.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and hike along Artist Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and then trek along Grinnell Glacier. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect Glacier National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 21st (Sun), get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally make a trip to Space Needle.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle road trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in July: highs in Seattle hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Seattle Great Wheel ©
Seattle Great Wheel

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip builder site .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

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 (Tue): get great views at Washburn Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the next day, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park journey maker .

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 July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
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 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at The Roller Coaster and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner .

You can 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 much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 104°F and lows reach 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

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