13 days in Glacier National Park, California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

13 days in Glacier National Park, California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Glacier National Park, California & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
3
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Rapid City

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park tour planner.

Rapid City to Glacier National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Rapid City in June, things will get slightly colder in Glacier National Park: highs are around 72°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
McDonald Creek ©
McDonald Creek

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Family-friendly places like Exploratorium and Fort Funston National Park will thrill your kids. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Glacier National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park road trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Redwood National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 63°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

2
nights
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 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Children's Pool.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to San Diego. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in June; daily highs in San Diego reach 72°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Santa Monica trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Santa Monica takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Santa Monica can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Los Angeles
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yellowstone Lake and Grand Prismatic Spring. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and hike along Artist Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip site .

Getting from Santa Monica to Yellowstone National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from Santa Monica to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin

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