16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, casinos, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, enjoy some music at Casino at the MGM Grand, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas vacation planner .

Washington DC to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Washington DC to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 81°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Escape the urban bustle at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards in St. Helena, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park, and stroll through Lincoln Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco travel planner .

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. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hayden Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, and take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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