42 days in Western US Itinerary

42 days in Western US Itinerary

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42 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Glendale
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Queen Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll get in some beach time at Marshall’s Beach and China Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and SoMa. Spend the 23rd (Mon) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. There's lots more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, wander the streets of Union Square, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco online road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Chihuly Garden and Glass and The Museum of Flight. Escape the urban bustle at Murhut Falls and Hood Canal. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Pike Place Market, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Seattle trip planning website .

Getting from San Francisco to Seattle by combination of subway and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Seattle are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Olympic National Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Get outdoors at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Swiftcurrent Lake. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and hike along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in September since evenings lows in Glacier National Park dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Hayden Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, cruise along Virginia Cascade Drive, stroll through Lewis Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Glacier National Park - with highs of 9°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glendale.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

3
nights
Glendale

Glendale ©
Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles (14 km) northwest from Downtown Phoenix. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, look for gifts at Sibley's West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Harrah's Ak-chin Casino and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Glendale road trip site .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glendale by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Glendale to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Queen Creek.

Things to do in Glendale

Parks Wildlife Casinos

Side Trips

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, Harrah's Ak-chin Casino, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, Sibley's West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Queen Creek

Queen Creek ©
Queen Creek is a town in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. San Tan Mountain Regional Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Superstition Mountain Museum, stop by Happy Adobe, and then delve into the distant past at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Queen Creek trip builder .

Traveling by car from Glendale to Queen Creek takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Queen Creek

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Happy Adobe, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superstition Mountain Museum
Highlights from your plan
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©
San Tan Mountain Regional Park ©
San Tan Mountain Regional Park

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.
Get outdoors at North Kaibab Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Head to Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studiofor some retail therapy. Spend the 14th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Rim Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, look for gifts at Tusayan General Store, and get great views at Mather Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Queen Creek to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. In October, Grand Canyon National Park is cooler than Queen Creek - with highs of 22°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Tusayan General Store
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

3
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 some cultural insight at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Rosecrans Cemetery and Point Loma. Escape the urban bustle at La Jolla Cove and San Diego Zoo. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum and get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip itinerary maker app .

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Montana Avenue. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and Santa Monica Pier. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Los Angeles can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

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 Tuolumne Meadows and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Village, hike along Lembert Dome, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Los Angeles in October, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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