32 days in Western US, Jackson & Dayton Itinerary

32 days in Western US, Jackson & Dayton Itinerary

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32 days in Western US, Jackson & Dayton Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
2
St. Helena
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
8
Jackson
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
9
Dayton
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: New York City

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 1st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Space Needle. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and finally admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip itinerary planning app .

New York City to Seattle is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Seattle due to the time zone difference. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Seattle

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

4
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Modus Operandi Cellars and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards. Explore St. Helena's surroundings by going to The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum (in Napa) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Gracianna Winery, & more). Dedicate the 4th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and savor the flavors at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to St. Helena takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, subway, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in May, you will find days in St. Helena are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Napa, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks are in your itinerary. Fisherman's Wharf and Exploratorium are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Union Square, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, and take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning website .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

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.
Visit Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Cemetery for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Valley View ©
Valley View

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, take a stroll through NoHo Arts District, and shop like a local with Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are much hotter (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tusayan Museum and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. And it doesn't end there: trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (68°F), and nights are much colder (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and The Mob Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy some diversion at Wee Kirk O' the Heather Wedding Chapel, try your luck at The Mirage, and don't miss a visit to Bellagio Fountains.

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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. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are much hotter (64°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

1
night
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Vicksburg National Cemetery, step aboard U.S.S. Cairo Museum, and then examine the collection at Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum and Interpretive Center. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Original First Baptist Church, witness the site of a historic battle at Vicksburg National Military Park, and then admire the striking features of Canton Christmas Festival.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jackson travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Jackson in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Jackson: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Dayton.

Things to do in Jackson

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vicksburg, Canton Christmas Festival
Highlights from your plan
Original First Baptist Church ©
Original First Baptist Church
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum
Vicksburg National Military Park ©
Vicksburg National Military Park

1
night
Dayton

Dayton ©
Home of airplane pioneers the Wright brothers, Dayton prides itself on its inventors, including Charles F.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, do a tasting at Brandeberry winery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aullwood Garden MetroPark.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dayton trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Jackson to Dayton in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Jackson in May: high temperatures in Dayton hover around 74°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dayton

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Brandeberry winery, Aullwood Garden MetroPark
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the US Air Force ©
National Museum of the US Air Force
Carillon Historical Park ©
Carillon Historical Park
Aullwood Garden MetroPark ©
Aullwood Garden MetroPark

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