16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, things will get a bit cooler in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, trek along Lembert Dome, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning tool .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will appeal to history buffs. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards in St. Helena, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Exploratorium, take a stroll through SoMa, take in the waterfront at The Embarcadero, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 5th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then shop like a local with Glasshouse Studio, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle road trip app .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruby Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Second Beach Trail and then kick back and relax at Rialto Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park online route maker .

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Seattle in August, with highs in Olympic National Park at 72°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach
Second Beach Trail ©
Second Beach Trail

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.
Get in touch with nature at Lamar Valley and Old Faithful. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Artist Point, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 38°F. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Sun).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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