27 days in Western US Itinerary

27 days in Western US Itinerary

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27 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
San Diego
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Dublin

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: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, stop by Exploratorium, explore and take pictures at Twin Peaks, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Dublin to San Francisco. Traveling from Dublin in June, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, make a trip to Washburn Point, and trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore and take pictures at Artists Dr. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online road trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 43°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally get your game on at The Roller Coaster.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 29°C in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Roller Coaster ©
The Roller Coaster

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and then hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

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
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Olive the Best Oils and Vinegars of Flagstaff. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Flagstaff online route planner .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Flagstaff can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cathedral Rock
Highlights from your plan
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument ©

1
night
Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Phoenix trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Flagstaff in June, with highs in Phoenix at 49°C and lows at 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson ©
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting San Diego side-trips: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and LEGOLAND California (in Carlsbad). There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and explore the activities along Cabrillo Tide Pools.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Diego trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Phoenix, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

LEGOLAND California, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center. On your second day here, get curious at California Science Center, then see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, then don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from San Diego, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Santa Monica Bay
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

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