13 days in Western US Itinerary

13 days in Western US Itinerary

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13 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Los Angeles

1
night
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 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get to know the fascinating history of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airports are Los Angeles International Airport, John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in April, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
Hollywood Walk of Fame ©
Hollywood Walk of Fame

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Bright Angel Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around -3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in April; daily highs in San Francisco reach 22°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Filbert Street Stairs ©
Filbert Street Stairs

3
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 15th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in April, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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