40 days in Western US Itinerary

40 days in Western US Itinerary

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40 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Monroe
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Ferry:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Monroe

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.
Go for a jaunt from San Diego to Encinitas to see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

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Monroe to San Diego is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Monroe to San Diego due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Monroe in July, you will find days in San Diego are slightly colder (77°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Park, & more). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

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You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect colder with lows of 46°F in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along South Kaibab Trail, get outside with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

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
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. In August, Las Vegas is much hotter than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 101°F and lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

4
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, beaches, trails, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Hurricane Ridge, stroll through Murhut Falls, kick back and relax at Rialto Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park tour planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to Olympic National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, Olympic National Park is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

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.
On the 18th (Tue), take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, stroll through Alki Beach, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle online route planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Seattle is somewhat warmer than Olympic National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to West Glacier.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Jackson Glacier Overlook, & more). There's more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the West Glacier trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Seattle to West Glacier in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to West Glacier due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in West Glacier when traveling from Seattle in August, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

5
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from West Glacier to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, shuttle, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from West Glacier in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

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
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Grand Teton National Park is known for wildlife, scenic drive, nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton, explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, and take a memorable drive along Teton Park Road.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

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