17 days in Western US Itinerary

17 days in Western US Itinerary

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17 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Lusaka
Fly + Drive:  36​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Lusaka

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mystic Falls Trail and Firehole Canyon Drive. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, explore the striking landscape of Artists’ Paintpots, and trek along Artist Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner .

Lusaka, Zambia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 36-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central African Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Seattle online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Seattle to be much warmer, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Steps are in your itinerary. Exploratorium and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of San Francisco to go to Mill Valley and see Muir Woods National Monument, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco route planning site .

Fly from Seattle to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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.
Get in touch with nature at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nevada Falls Loop. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Tuolumne Meadows.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online visit planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 28th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 47°C and lows reach 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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