36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
7
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
8
Moab
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Take a break from the city and head to Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Sokol Blosser Winery. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner), Carlton Winemakers Studio (in Carlton) and Mt. Hood National Forest (in Welches). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Columbia River Highway, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland vacation maker tool .

Vancouver, Canada to Portland is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Vancouver in October, you will find days in Portland are a bit warmer (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Columbia River Highway, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Mt. Hood National Forest, Carlton Winemakers Studio
Highlights from your plan
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Sokol Blosser Winery ©
Sokol Blosser Winery
Mt. Hood National Forest ©
Mt. Hood National Forest

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and Presidio of San Francisco for their historical value. Visit Marshall’s Beach and China Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to B Cellars Vineyards and Winery (in Oakville), Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Embarcadero, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Portland to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, San Francisco is somewhat warmer than Portland - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Gracianna Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Carmel vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Carmel takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October in Carmel, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday planning website .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Carmel in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park ©
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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 inner history buff will appreciate El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame. We've included these beaches for you: Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Nicholas Canyon Beach. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Will Rogers State Beach, don't miss a visit to Stahl House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Del Rey Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica State Beach, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Escape the urban bustle at San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and stroll through Black's Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October in San Diego, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

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.
Get outdoors at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary planner .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

1
day
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, expect Moab to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park

2
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Teton and Leigh Lake. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, appreciate the views at Amphitheater Lake, hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Jackson Hole in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Moab in October, expect Jackson Hole to be a bit cooler, temps between 15°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake
Amphitheater Lake ©
Amphitheater Lake

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park holiday maker app .

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Jackson Hole in October, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same, around -4°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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night
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.
On the 7th (Thu), kick back and relax at Alki Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then make a trip to Space Needle, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Seattle travel app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Seattle, with highs around 13°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

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