21 days in Western US Itinerary

21 days in Western US Itinerary

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21 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa for their historical value. Head to Union Square and City Lights Booksellersfor plenty of shopping. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Bodega Dunes in Bodega--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, and wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. On the 3rd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then admire the landmark architecture of San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Monterey driving holiday planning website .

Drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Monterey, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Nature Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos

2
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.
On the 4th (Tue), trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, explore the activities along Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, then shop like a local with Montana Avenue, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, stop by Hollywood & Highland, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles journey planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Santa Monica
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and then explore the striking landscape at Point Loma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial, then shop like a local with Africa and Beyond, and then take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read San Diego visit planner .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Scottsdale.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

1
night
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. On the 10th (Mon), browse the different shops at Scottsdale Fashion Square, then shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale, and then view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Scottsdale trip itinerary maker tool .

Fly from San Diego to Scottsdale in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Diego to Scottsdale is 1 hour. Traveling from San Diego in June, expect nights in Scottsdale to be a bit warmer, around 32°C, while days are much hotter, around 49°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Scottsdale ©
Old Town Scottsdale
Scottsdale Fashion Square ©
Scottsdale Fashion Square

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Rim Trail and Powell Point. On the 12th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Getting from Scottsdale to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in June; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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 14th (Fri): take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas travel app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (46°C), and nights are much hotter (29°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

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nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 16th (Sun), hike along Moro Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Stump Basin and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, things will get a bit cooler in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 40°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Eastern California Museum
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin

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