23 days in United States & California Itinerary

23 days in United States & California Itinerary

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23 days in United States & California Itinerary

Start: Seattle
1
Seattle
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
6
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Washington DC
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: Seattle


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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally make a trip to Space Needle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle journey maker website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Seattle. In December, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in December: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Parks Neighborhoods
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Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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 13th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (46°F), and nights are colder (14°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area ©
Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the striking features of Bradbury Building, then admire all the interesting features of Staples Center, then put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, and finally examine the collection at The Getty Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip builder tool .

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 taxi, bus, and flight. In December, Los Angeles is much warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 69°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Staples Center ©
Staples Center

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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.
Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online road trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. In December, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 23°F and lows of 3°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the New York City sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, expect New York City to be much hotter, temps between 48°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 51°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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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 25th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then make a trip to Bellagio Fountains, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then don't miss a visit to Hoover Dam.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas holiday builder site .

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Las Vegas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (57°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, and stroll through Rim Trail.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 45°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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