60 days in Western US Itinerary

60 days in Western US Itinerary

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60 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h
1
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Carmel
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
St. Helena
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas, see a show at Casino at the MGM Grand, and raise your glass at Double Down Saloon.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planning app .

Detroit to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Detroit in January, with highs in Las Vegas at 59°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Parks Casinos

Side Trips

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Lions, Tigers & Bears. We've included these beaches for you: La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Diego: Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna). The adventure continues: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Children's Pool, appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument, and let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our San Diego online travel planner .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in January; daily highs in San Diego reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

8
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.
El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Avila Adobe will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Getty Center and California Science Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Montana Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and wander the streets of Art District.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Neighborhoods Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

8
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area and Nature Center at Happy Isles. On the 5th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area. Spend the 7th (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at North Dome, make a trip to Pothole Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mono Pass Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Range.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in February; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 48°F and lows reach 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

6
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Visiting Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Joullian Vineyards & Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Cima Collina (in Carmel Valley), San Simeon (Elephant Seal Rookery & Piedras Blancas) and Pacific Valley Bluff Trail (in Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links, stroll through Del Mar Beach, and kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel day trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach, San Simeon, Pacific Valley Bluff Trail
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Elephant Seal Rookery ©
Elephant Seal Rookery

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Escape the urban bustle at Twin Peaks and Lincoln Park. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Sapphire Hill Winery in Healdsburg, about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, learn about winemaking at Press Club, wander the streets of Marina District, and look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Funston National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sapphire Hill Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

6
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery and Cliff Lede Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Helena: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood), Schug Carneros Estate Winery (in Sonoma) and Benziger Family Winery (in Glen Ellen). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Ladera Vineyards and get a taste of life in the country at Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford Estate.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the St. Helena road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to St. Helena takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in St. Helena when traveling from San Francisco in February, with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kenwood, Calistoga, Glen Ellen, Rutherford, Yountville
Highlights from your plan
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Inglenook ©
Inglenook
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Alki Beach and Mount Walker. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pike Place Market and The Museum of Flight. Venture out of the city with trips to Patterson Cellars (in Woodinville) and Mount Ellinor (in Olympic National Park). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, wander the streets of Pioneer Square, take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bellevue Square.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Seattle trip planner .

Traveling by flight from St. Helena to Seattle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from St. Helena in March, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Bellevue Square, Patterson Cellars - Hollywood Hill
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Mount Ellinor ©
Mount Ellinor

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Back Mountain and Mount Washburn. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Monument Geyser Basin, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Aurum Geyser.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park vacation builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than Seattle - with highs of 36°F and lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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