51 days in Western US Itinerary

51 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip planner

Make it your trip
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Seattle
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Las Vegas
— 6 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
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Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and cruise along Grand Loop Road.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip site.

Durham to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Durham in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 5 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.
Step out of Seattle with an excursion to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park--about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, walk around Discovery Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, expect nights in Seattle to be much warmer, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Exploratorium, get great views at Twin Peaks, and get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in San Francisco sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, get to know the fascinating history of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and trek along Cathedral Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, take a memorable drive along Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, and stroll through Congress Trail.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Los Angeles

— 5 nights

City of Angels

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: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Anaheim (Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! & Disneyland Park). Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 5 nights

America's Finest City

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.
San Diego is known for zoos & aquariums, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum, let little ones run wild at Balboa Park, and shop like a local with Gaslamp Quarter.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego online itinerary planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Las Vegas

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Boulder City (Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum & Hoover Dam) and Green Valley Range (in Henderson). Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, try to win big at New York New York Casino, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip builder website.

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Las Vegas are warmer (103°F), and nights are a bit warmer (77°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 8 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 24th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, and trek along Rim Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife