13 days in Western US Itinerary

13 days in Western US Itinerary

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13 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel route planner.

Chicago to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chicago to Las Vegas. Traveling from Chicago in May, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 87°F and lows about 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Balboa Park and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

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Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: highs in San Diego hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

2
nights
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 29th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, stroll through Baker Beach, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and finally contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco journey builder app .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Diego in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Francisco, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Get outdoors at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Half Dome. Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, make a trip to Washburn Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

2
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.
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park. In June, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. You'll set off for Grand Teton National Park on the 5th (Fri).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

1
night
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.
To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 39°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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