17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Gardiner
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Truckee
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Cle Elum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Puyallup
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
End: Seattle

4
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Spend the 4th (Sun) exploring nature at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, stroll through Highline Trail, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planner .

Seattle to Glacier National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Seattle in August since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

1
night
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
On the 8th (Thu), cast your line with a fishing tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Here are some ideas for day two: have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, then head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the West Yellowstone day trip tool .

You can drive from Glacier National Park to West Yellowstone in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in West Yellowstone: highs are around 75°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gardiner.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Gardiner

Gardiner serves as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park's northern entrance, marked by an iconic stone arch.
On the 10th (Sat), stop by Parks' Fly Shop, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gardiner day trip planning site .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Gardiner in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Gardiner are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Gardiner

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Parks' Fly Shop ©
Parks' Fly Shop

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Speed Boats Tours and Lakeside Beach. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Baldwin Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, hike along Mt. Tallac Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe day trip site .

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Gardiner to South Lake Tahoe in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gardiner to South Lake Tahoe. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gardiner in August: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 81°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Truckee.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Falls Trail
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Speed Boats Tours
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at West End Beach, then have fun and explore at KidZone Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, and then explore the galleries of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Truckee trip website .

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to Truckee in 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Truckee when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in August, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Cle Elum.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Tahoe City, Kings Beach State Recreation Area
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River Rafting & Tubing
Kings Beach State Recreation Area ©
Kings Beach State Recreation Area

2
nights
Cle Elum

Cle Elum ©
Cle Elum is a city in Kittitas County, Washington, United States. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Leavenworth Reindeer Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cle Elum: Denny Creek Trail (in North Bend), Enchantment Park (in Leavenworth) and Mount Rainier National Park (Naches Peak Loop Trail, Nisqually River, & more). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Swiftwater Cellars.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Cle Elum attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Truckee to Cle Elum. When traveling from Truckee in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Cle Elum, with highs around 68°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Puyallup.

Things to do in Cle Elum

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Mount Rainier National Park, Leavenworth, Denny Creek Trail
Highlights from your plan
Swiftwater Cellars ©
Swiftwater Cellars
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm ©
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Puyallup

Puyallup ©
Puyallup, Washington is a city in Pierce County, Washington, about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Tacoma and 35 miles (56 km) south of Seattle. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): get outside with Washington State Fair, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bradley Lake Park, and then stroll around Pioneer Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Puyallup travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Cle Elum to Puyallup takes 2 hours. Traveling from Cle Elum in August, you will find days in Puyallup are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Puyallup

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Bradley Lake Park ©
Bradley Lake Park
Washington State Fair ©
Washington State Fair
Pioneer Park ©
Pioneer Park

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