31 days in Western US Itinerary

31 days in Western US Itinerary

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31 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  22​h
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Bridgeport
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Explore hidden gems such as Twin Peaks and Golden Gate Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, wander the streets of Union Square, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary app .

Jakarta, Indonesia to San Francisco is an approximately 22-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -15 hour difference. Traveling from Jakarta in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be much colder, around 15°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery and then steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read San Simeon trip website .

You can drive from San Francisco to San Simeon in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in October: highs in San Simeon hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bridgeport.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

4
nights
Bridgeport

Bridgeport ©
Bridgeport is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Mono County, California, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Bodie State Historic Park and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and admire all the interesting features of Half Dome.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bridgeport online tour planner .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Bridgeport takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, Bridgeport is slightly colder than San Simeon - with highs of 22°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bridgeport

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

4
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 off the beaten path and head to The LINQ Promenade and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and Titanic. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Overton to see Valley of Fire State Park about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas itinerary tool .

Drive from Bridgeport to Las Vegas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bridgeport in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
Titanic ©
Titanic

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wupatki National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Walnut Canyon National Monument and Cathedral Rock. Go for a jaunt from Sedona to Flagstaff to see Lowell Observatory about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Las Vegas to Sedona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Las Vegas to Sedona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Sedona is slightly colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Spas

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 19th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Sedona to Mesa Verde National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Loretto Chapel and Canyon Road. Visit The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Taos (Millicent Rogers Museum & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Cody.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Taos
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

1
night
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, see the interesting displays at Cody Firearms Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town.

Before you visit Cody, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Cody in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, expect nights in Cody to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. Do some cultural sightseeing at Uncle Tom's Trail and Beaver Ponds Loop Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Yellowstone National Park side-trips: Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park). It doesn't end there: trek along Artist Point and witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Cody in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 9°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Teton, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail ©
Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, take a stroll through Pioneer Square, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Seattle holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: highs in Seattle hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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