21 days in Western US Itinerary

21 days in Western US Itinerary

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21 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + bus:  11​h 45​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
End: State College

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Seligman (The Rusty Bolt & Return to the 50s), Dinosaur Tracks (in Tuba City) and Cameron Trading Post (in Cameron). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, and make a trip to Grand Canyon Village.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online travel route planner .

Philadelphia to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Philadelphia in December, with lows around 15°F. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Seligman, Cameron Trading Post, Dinosaur Tracks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dig This and Axe Monkeys. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Laughlin and see Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's lots more to do: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, get your game on at Apocalypse Vegas, see the interesting displays at Shelby American Inc, and enjoy some diversion at Machine Guns Vegas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (57°F), and nights are much hotter (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection
Highlights from your plan
Machine Guns Vegas ©
Machine Guns Vegas
Food Tours
The Range 702 ©
The Range 702

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lions, Tigers & Bears and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Galleta Meadows (in Borrego Springs), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Temecula) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in San Diego at 68°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Coronado, Borrego Springs, Wine Tours & Tastings, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park ©
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

2
nights
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 30th (Fri): admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, take in nature's colorful creations at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and then find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Heisler Park, examine the collection at The Getty Center, then examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, then get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles driving holiday planner.

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. December in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Disneyland Park, Heisler Park
Highlights from your plan
Heisler Park ©
Heisler Park
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, hike along Lands End, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco visit website .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Los Angeles in January, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Marin Headlands, California State Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Wine Tours & Tastings

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