23 days in Western US Itinerary

23 days in Western US Itinerary

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23 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Bus:  10​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Houston

4
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Houston to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Houston in September, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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.
Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 93°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

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

3
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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

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 September, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Los Angeles to Anaheim to see Disneyland Park about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles tour itinerary builder website .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in September: highs in Los Angeles hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

3
nights
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: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, get a taste of the local shopping with Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect San Francisco to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle attractions planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
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.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in September: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn

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