15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Houston

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planning tool .

Houston to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in December, things will get slightly colder in Las Vegas: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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 23rd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then let little ones run wild at Balboa Park.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in December; daily highs in San Diego reach 68°F and lows reach 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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.
On the 28th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, enjoy the sand and surf at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 46°F and lows are around 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and deepen your understanding at Yellowstone Institute.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 23°F and lows of 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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