22 days in Western US Itinerary

22 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

22 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Denver

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Willow Beach in Fort Mohave (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Las Vegas vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Denver to Las Vegas is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Denver in May, with highs in Las Vegas at 87°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
On the 4th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Lions, Tigers & Bears and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Timken Museum of Art, look for all kinds of wild species at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and then kick back and relax at Black's Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego travel route builder site .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 6th (Wed), admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carmel trip planner .

Fly from San Diego to Carmel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In May, Carmel is a bit cooler than San Diego - with highs of 65°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

4
nights
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.
Spend the 8th (Fri) on the water with a fishing tour. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in May, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
McGurk Meadow ©
McGurk Meadow

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Venture out of the city with trips to Modus Operandi Cellars (in St. Helena), Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Modus Operandi Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Wine Tours & Tastings

3
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Transfiguration. Spend the 15th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, stroll through Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, take a memorable drive along Teton Park Road, and take some stellar pictures from Snake River Overlook.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Grand Teton National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are little chillier (60°F), and nights are much colder (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration
Teton Park Road ©
Teton Park Road

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Beaver Ponds Loop Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and take a peaceful walk through Petrified Tree.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

Similar Plans

26 days in Western US BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 24 days in Western US BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Western US BY A USER FROM CANADA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Western US BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Western US BY A USER FROM THAILAND June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Western US BY A USER FROM INDIA June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 29 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 59 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in Keystone & Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans