13 days in Western US Itinerary

13 days in Western US Itinerary

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13 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

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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 20th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and then ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas day trip website .

Washington DC to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 104°F and lows reach 81°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian ©

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): trek along Angel's Landing.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you will find days in Zion National Park are slightly colder (92°F), and nights are cooler (60°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point and then stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in July; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

3
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.
On the 24th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Hermit's Rest and then trek along North Kaibab Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip site .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
North Kaibab Trail ©
North Kaibab Trail
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park holiday planning app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 102°F by day to 72°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 27th (Fri), steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, stroll through Moro Rock, and then examine the collection at Museum of Western Film History. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Eastern California Museum and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 97°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Museum of Western Film History, Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Museum of Western Film History ©
Museum of Western Film History

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 29th (Sun), explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 82°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail ©
Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): have fun and explore at Exploratorium and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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