17 days in Seattle, California & Las Vegas Itinerary

17 days in Seattle, California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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17 days in Seattle, California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Visiting Alki Beach and Lower Big Quilcene Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, and enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Seattle tour planning website .

Washington DC to Seattle is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Seattle hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lower Big Quilcene Trail
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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Francisco attractions planning site .

You can fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach, hike along Point Lobos, and then stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel vacation builder .

Drive from San Francisco to Carmel in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

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.
Get in touch with nature at Half Dome and Glacier Point. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at The Getty Center and Griffith Observatory. Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Step out of Los Angeles with an excursion to Disneyland Park in Anaheim--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, and explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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.
On the 28th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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