56 days in Western US Itinerary

56 days in Western US Itinerary

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56 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
9
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
11
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Fort Funston National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Exploratorium and SoMa. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Mill Valley to see Muir Woods National Monument about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Brisbane to San Francisco, you'll gain 18 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

7
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 in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop, cruise along Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

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Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

7
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and take some stellar pictures from Moran Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Step out of Las Vegas with an excursion to Hoover Dam in Boulder City--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, try to win big at Paris Las Vegas, and admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Las Vegas at 47°C and lows at 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 35°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

7
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 Mount Washburn and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hayden Valley and Firehole Canyon Drive. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Lamar Valley, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and hike along Artist Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 26°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

1
night
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. It doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge and delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Olympic National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Olympic National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Olympic National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

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

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.
Bring the kids along to Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pioneer Square. Go for a jaunt from Seattle to Tacoma to see Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Space Needle, explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, and take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, expect Seattle to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to San Diego Zoo and Children's Pool. Kids will enjoy Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and SeaWorld San Diego. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego tour itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Seattle to San Diego in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in August, San Diego is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
SeaWorld San Diego ©
SeaWorld San Diego

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Topanga State Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary tool .

Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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