26 days in Western US Itinerary

26 days in Western US Itinerary

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26 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Spend the 29th (Sat) on a tasty journey with a beer tour and tasting. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco holiday maker tool .

Frankfurt, Germany to San Francisco is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Frankfurt to San Francisco is minus 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Frankfurt in December, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Getty Center, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, and take in nature's colorful creations at Balboa Park.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In January in San Diego, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
On the 6th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Spend the 8th (Tue) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from San Diego in January; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 7°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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

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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, shop like a local with The Strip, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January: highs in Las Vegas hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 5°C. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

4
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 14th (Mon), 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 Pothole Dome, stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and then admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 9°C. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Wine Tours & Tastings, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
California Academy of Sciences ©
California Academy of Sciences
Oracle Park ©
Oracle Park

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