17 days in Western US Itinerary

17 days in Western US Itinerary

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17 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Carmel
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Flagstaff
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip builder app .

Newark to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Grand Teton National Park. While traveling from Newark, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake

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.
Get outdoors at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, hike along North Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 53°F and lows at 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 21st (Thu), take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Union Square, then take a stroll through SoMa, and then take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

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 24th (Sun): examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. On the next day, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Diego holiday maker app .

You can fly from Carmel to San Diego in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Carmel in May; daily highs in San Diego reach 71°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and then try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

4
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bright Angel Point and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Flagstaff side-trips: Grand Canyon National Park (Lipan Point & South Kaibab Trail).

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Flagstaff takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, Flagstaff is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 65°F and lows of 34°F. On the 31st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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