45 days in Dallas & Western US Itinerary

45 days in Dallas & Western US Itinerary

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Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tahoe City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sacramento
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Petaluma
— 2 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Seattle Tacoma International Airport
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coeur d'Alene
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 8 nights
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Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and then don't miss a visit to Grassy Knoll. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Fort Worth Zoo and then steep yourself in history at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Dallas journey planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Dallas. In May, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): hike along Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then stop by Canyon Road. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, then view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Dallas to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Santa Fe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (73°F), and nights are colder (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours, then see Off-Road Tours, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moab online driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Moab in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Moab, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Attractions like Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Moab in May, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 68°F and lows at 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas

— 3 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Family-friendly places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens will thrill your kids. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, shop like a local with The Strip, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, and take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are much hotter (64°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, Head underground at Titus Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, and finally don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: hike along Nevada Falls Loop, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, admire the engineering at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation maker tool.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Tahoe City

— 2 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, then take a memorable drive along Inspiration Point Vista, and then hike along Eagle Falls Trail. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tahoe, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads, and finally grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tahoe City trip builder website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Tahoe City in 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Sacramento.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Sacramento

— 2 nights

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
On the 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Old Sacramento Waterfront, get to know the resident critters at Sacramento Zoo, then examine the collection at California State Railroad Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Capitol Park, walk around Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and then explore the world behind art at Crocker Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sacramento holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Sacramento takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Tahoe City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sacramento, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Sacramento

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Attractions like Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at de Young Museum, get curious at Exploratorium, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Sacramento in May, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Petaluma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Petaluma

— 2 nights
Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California, United States, 32mi north of San Francisco. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bodega Head, and then experience rural life at Marin French Cheese Company. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Jack London State Historic Park, take in the history at Mission San Francisco Solano, then make a trip to Sonoma Barracks, then stroll around Sonoma Plaza, and finally shop like a local with Lisa Kristine Gallery Sonoma.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Petaluma online tour planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Petaluma takes an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Petaluma when traveling from San Francisco in May, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Petaluma

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 1st (Tue), immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park planning website.

Explore your travel options from Petaluma to Redwood National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Petaluma in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Redwood National Park, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll around Waterfall Garden Park, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel. Keep things going the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then pause for some photo ops at Fremont Troll, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seattle travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Seattle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Redwood National Park in June, with highs in Seattle at 74°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Coeur d'Alene

— 2 nights
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Farragut State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tubbs Hill Nature Trails, and then stroll through North Idaho Centennial Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Coeur d'Alene Lake and then get a taste of life in the country at Seven Stars Alpaca Ranch.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Coeur d'Alene trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Seattle to Coeur d'Alene in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Coeur d'Alene when traveling from Seattle in June, with lows around 51°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 8 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Beehive Geyser, get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, and get impressive views of Mud Volcano.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Coeur d'Alene to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. In June, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Coeur d'Alene - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sonoma County travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · Wine Tours & Tastings · State Parks
Less than an hour from San Francisco, Sonoma County bills itself as the "Number 1 Wine Destination in the U.S." for good reason. Though not as famous as the neighboring Napa Valley, Sonoma County features a rolling landscape dotted with over 250 wineries. The county ranks among the country's most agriculturally productive regions. It turns out not only some of America's finest grapes, but also hops, prunes, and apples. The county manages to cling to its leisurely way of life--which is how the local nickname "Slow-noma" got started (despite the fact that the valley attracts nearly 8 million tourists annually)--and is really more about simple enjoyment than a jam-packed sightseeing itinerary. Napa may be better known, but as the crowds of visitors continue to clog the roads there, Sonoma's appeal as a vacation destination only grows.