45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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45 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
2
Spokane
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Seattle
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  8​h 30​min
5
Seaside
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Portland
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Bend
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h
8
Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
San Francisco
— 11 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Monterey
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
San Simeon
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Dallas

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park planner .

Dallas to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in October, things will get much colder in Glacier National Park: highs are around 56°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Spokane.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall

2
nights
Spokane

Spokane ©
Spokane is a city located in the state of Washington in the northwestern United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spokane Falls, Gaiser Conservatory and Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll around Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden, then walk around Gaiser Conservatory, then admire the natural beauty at Manito Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Downtown Spokane. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Spokane Falls, explore the world behind art at Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and then examine the collection at Campbell House.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Spokane trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Spokane in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Spokane due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Spokane, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Spokane

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden ©
Campbell House ©
Campbell House
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture ©
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bloedel Reserve, Seattle Waterfront, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and other attractions. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Glasshouse Studio. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Seattle tour planner .

Getting from Spokane to Seattle by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Spokane in October since evenings lows in Seattle dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bellevue Botanical Garden, Bloedel Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center as well as Olympic National Park. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Seattle in October since evenings lows in Olympic National Park dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Seaside.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

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

3
nights
Seaside

Seaside ©
Seaside is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heritage Museum as well as Flavel House Museum. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, pause for some photo ops at Seaside Beach Lewis and Clark Monument, get engrossed in the history at Seaside Museum & Historical Society, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seaside Aquarium.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Seaside vacation planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Olympic National Park to Seaside takes 8.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Seaside are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seaside

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Seaside Aquarium ©
Seaside Aquarium
Flavel House Museum ©
Flavel House Museum
Seaside Museum & Historical Society ©

3
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bagdad Theatre, Laurelhurst Park, International Rose Test Garden, and other attractions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Portland Art Museum, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then walk around Laurelhurst Park, then look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, and finally catch a movie at Bagdad Theatre.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Portland day trip planner .

You can drive from Seaside to Portland in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Portland are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Fun & Games Nightlife

Side Trip

Columbia River Highway
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Columbia River Highway ©
Columbia River Highway
Portland Art Museum ©
Portland Art Museum

2
nights
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Old Mill District. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stroll around Drake Park and then get a taste of the local shopping with Old Mill District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Smith Rock State Park, walk around Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, and then admire the sheer force of Tumalo Falls.

Plan a Bend trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Portland to Bend takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Portland in October since evenings lows in Bend dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Old Mill District
Old Mill District
Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint ©

3
nights
Tahoe City

Tahoe City ©
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Watson Cabin Living Museum, Tahoe Gal Cruises, Vikingsholm, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Hellman-Ehrman Mansion.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tahoe City driving holiday site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bend to Tahoe City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bend in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Tahoe City, with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion ©
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm

11
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Octagon House, The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, Coit Tower, and other attractions to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Asian Art Museum and Legion of Honor. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at de Young Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Tahoe City to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Tahoe City in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mill Valley, Filoli, Hayward Japanese Gardens, Shoreline Park, The San Mateo Japanese Garden
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
Asian Art Museum ©
Asian Art Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yosemite Village, Yosemite Falls and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, then hike along Mariposa Grove, and then get to know the fascinating history of Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 54°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Yosemite Museum Gallery ©
Yosemite Museum Gallery
Ansel Adams Gallery ©
Ansel Adams Gallery

6
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Stevenson House, Lovers Point Park, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe. It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Monterey day trip website .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove, San Juan Bautista, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Mission San Juan Bautista ©
Mission San Juan Bautista
San Juan Bautista State Historic Park ©

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nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hearst Castle, Cambria Historical Museum, Moonstone Beach Dr, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Nitt Witt Ridge, then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then see the interesting displays at Cambria Historical Museum, and finally take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our San Simeon holiday app .

Getting from Monterey to San Simeon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Monterey in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in San Simeon, with lows around 40°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Bend.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Cambria
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Cambria Historical Museum ©
Cambria Historical Museum
Nitt Witt Ridge ©
Nitt Witt Ridge

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