48 days in Western US Itinerary

48 days in Western US Itinerary

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48 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Flagstaff
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Diego
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Bright Angel Point and Meteor Crater are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. Explore Flagstaff's surroundings by going to Sedona (Son Silver West Gallery, Chapel of the Holy Cross, & more), Williams (Bearizona Wildlife Park & Williams Depot) and Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale).

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Flagstaff trip tool .

Dallas to Flagstaff is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Flagstaff, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in May, you will find days in Flagstaff are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are cooler (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park, Williams, Arizona Copper Art Museum, Meteor Crater Natural Landmark
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point

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.
Let the collections at The Mob Museum and Nostalgia Street Rods capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Hoover Dam Bypass. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Hoover Dam (in Boulder City) and Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The Strip, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas visit planning website .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Flagstaff in June, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 103°F and lows about 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. The adventure continues: stroll through Ruby Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Crescent Lake, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, and kick back and relax at Rialto Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Olympic National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in June: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

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

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.
Chihuly Garden and Glass and Tacoma Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The Museum of Flight and Pacific Science Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum (in Everett) and Chihuly Bridge of Glass (in Tacoma). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, walk around Kerry Park, and find something for the whole family at Seattle Great Wheel.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip website .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in June; daily highs in Seattle reach 74°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Nightlife

Side Trips

Tacoma, Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum
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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

Start your trip to Glacier National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough 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

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Mount Washburn. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone to see Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Gate Bridge and de Young Museum. There's much more to do: get curious at Exploratorium, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, plan for much hotter nights in San Francisco, with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

6
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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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

5
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 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Step out of the city life by going to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and 26-Mile Bike Path. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum (in Simi Valley) and The Point Vicente Interpretive Center (in Rancho Palos Verdes). Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Griffith Observatory, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and brush up on your military savvy at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Los Angeles when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, The Point Vicente Interpretive Center
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 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 Maritime Museum of San Diego. Get some historical perspective at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial and Mission Beach Boardwalk. Change things up with a short trip to Lions, Tigers & Bears in Alpine (about 58 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Building and Lily Pond, tour the pleasant surroundings at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Diego attractions planner .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in San Diego hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

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