52 days in Western US Itinerary

52 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US journey planner

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Fly to Tijuana, Bus to San Diego
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San Diego
— 5 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly

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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SeaWorld San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and see the interesting displays at San Diego Air & Space Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Diego day trip website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to San Diego is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Sao Paulo to San Diego, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in San Diego can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 5 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.
Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at The Mirage, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas route builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 7 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 18th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 0°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Independence Pass and then stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Aspen travel route builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Aspen takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park online holiday planner.

You can fly from Aspen to Grand Teton National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 15°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape of Mount Washburn, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and take in the dramatic scenery at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, and admire the natural beauty at Woodland Park and Rose Garden.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in November: highs in Seattle hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 6 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Dedicate the 7th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Alcatraz Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip app.

Getting from Seattle to San Francisco by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Seattle in November; daily highs in San Francisco reach 20°C and lows reach 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Museums · Parks · Wineries

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.
On the 14th (Sun), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. On the 15th (Mon), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at McGurk Meadow, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around -8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, trek along Congress Trail, take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, and take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (22°C), and nights are much warmer (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Los Angeles

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 24th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, get a taste of the local shopping with Montana Avenue, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

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Fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips