18 days in Western US Itinerary

18 days in Western US Itinerary

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18 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Olympic National Park
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Healdsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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 (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with The Strip, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip website .

Indianapolis to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Bellagio Hotel and Casino ©
Bellagio Hotel and Casino

1
day
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park journey planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Olympic National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 67°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Healdsburg.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

1
night
Healdsburg

Healdsburg ©
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
On the 1st (Tue), do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Honig Vineyard & Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Inglenook. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Jordan Vineyard & Winery, do a tasting at Gracianna Winery, then learn about winemaking at Sapphire Hill Winery, then learn about winemaking at Stephen & Walker Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Williamson Wines Tasting Room.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Healdsburg road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Healdsburg in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Olympic National Park in October, you will find days in Healdsburg are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries

Side Trips

Rutherford, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Fisherman's Wharf, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, wander the streets of SoMa, and stroll through China Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker site .

Drive from Healdsburg to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Healdsburg in October, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore and take pictures at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and then admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planning app .

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. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are warmer (62°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
El Pueblo de Los Angeles ©
El Pueblo de Los Angeles

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): walk around Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, then trek along Highline Trail, and then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park route planning website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Glacier National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Glacier National Park is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in October; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 56°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then trek along Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellowstone National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 47°F and lows at 25°F. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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