38 days in Western US & Texas Itinerary

38 days in Western US & Texas Itinerary

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38 days in Western US & Texas Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Austin
— 4 nights
End: Austin

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate USS Midway Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maritime Museum of San Diego and San Diego Air & Space Museum. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, take in the exciting artwork at Spanish Village Art Center, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip planner .

Austin to San Diego is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin to San Diego, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Austin in February, San Diego is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Griffith Observatory and Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Step out of Los Angeles to go to Anaheim and see Disneyland Park, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of Tolerance.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles travel app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Exploratorium and Asian Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, take a tour of USS Pampanito, and see the interesting displays at San Francisco Maritime Museum/Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning tool .

Fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Seattle Art Museum. Let the collections at The Museum of Flight and Tacoma Art Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Tacoma (Museum of Glass & Washington State History Museum). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, see the interesting displays at The Center for Wooden Boats, explore the world behind art at Frye Art Museum, and take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle journey planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. In February, Seattle is little chillier than San Francisco - with highs of 50°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tacoma
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum

5
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.
You'll explore and learn at The Mob Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson) and Boulder City (Hoover Dam & Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The National Atomic Testing Museum, ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Seattle in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Boulder City, Clark County Heritage Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Bright Angel History Room and Yavapai Geology Museum capture your imagination. On the 28th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, head outdoors with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool .

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. 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 February, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 18°F, while days are slightly colder, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Bright Angel History Room ©
Bright Angel History Room

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
You'll explore and learn at The Alamo and McNay Art Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of the Pacific War and Mission Espada. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Institute of Texan Cultures, see the interesting displays at Toilet Seat Museum, take an in-depth tour of Long Barracks Museum, and steep yourself in history at The Guenther House Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Antonio by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March: highs in San Antonio hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Toilet Seat Museum, National Museum of the Pacific War
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
McNay Art Museum ©
McNay Art Museum

4
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Bullock Texas State History Museum and Elisabet Ney Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Harry Ransom Center and Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Zedler Mill (in Luling), Dick's Classic Garage (in San Marcos) and The Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead Tours (in Stonewall). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, steep yourself in history at The Driskill, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Austin travel route planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in March, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Dick's Classic Garage, The Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead Tours, Zedler Mill, LBJ Texas White House
Highlights from your plan
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Elisabet Ney Museum ©
Elisabet Ney Museum
Harry Ransom Center ©
Harry Ransom Center

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