17 days in Western US Itinerary

17 days in Western US Itinerary

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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll explore and learn at The Getty Villa and The Broad. Your inner history buff will appreciate Santa Monica Pier and Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica (26-Mile Bike Path & Ocean Avenue) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, and don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles journey planning tool.

Memphis to Los Angeles is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in July, things will get little chillier in Los Angeles: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
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San Diego — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): paddle through the water with Mission Bay Park and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): trek along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, then enjoy the sand and surf at Baker Beach, then admire the masterpieces at Legion of Honor, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco visit planner.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Redwood National Park.
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Redwood National Park — 2 nights

Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 20th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along California Coastal Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Redwood National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, things will get slightly colder in Redwood National Park: highs are around 64°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 nights

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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Nature Center at Happy Isles. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and contemplate the long history of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Redwood National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 2 nights

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): indulge your senses at Rocky Mountain Food Tours, take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Emporium.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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