20 days in Western US Itinerary

20 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Salt Lake City
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 16th (Thu), stroll through Marshall’s Beach, then visit Fisherman's Wharf, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, and finally play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to San Francisco. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Yosemite Museum Gallery and Parsons Memorial. Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and trek along Panorama Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Park City Main Street Historic District and then take advantage of the amenities at Park City Mountain Resort.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Salt Lake City are somewhat warmer (95°F), and nights are much hotter (70°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Faithful and S Rim Trail. There's still lots to do: cruise along Firehole Canyon Drive, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic scenery at Lewis Falls, and get outside with Morning Glory Pool.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online vacation builder.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, shuttle, bus, and car. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Crater Lake National Park

— 3 nights
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls, step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island, trek along Cleetwood Cove Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacles Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

Start your trip to Crater Lake National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Crater Lake National Park is minus 1 hour. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 61°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Tahoe City

— 3 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take an in-depth tour of Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Truckee River Bike Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, then cruise along Inspiration Point Vista, and then trek along Eagle Falls Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tahoe City trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Tahoe City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August, you will find days in Tahoe City are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are much colder (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips