12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US planner

Make it your trip
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, stroll through Half Dome, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Boston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Boston in July, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Union Square, then visit Chinatown, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

Crown of the Continent

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.
On the 13th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road and then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park road trip website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Glacier National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Morning Glory Pool. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain, trek along Storm Point Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Rim Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive.

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

Fly from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 17th (Sat), trek along Cascade Canyon Trail, surround yourself with nature on Ana's Grand Excursions, and then relax and float downstream with Barker-Ewing Whitewater.

Before you visit Jackson Hole, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Jackson Hole, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Adventure

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