60 days in Western US Itinerary

60 days in Western US Itinerary

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60 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
3
Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Olympic National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
6
Cannon Beach
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
St. Helena
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
11
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
13
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Teton and Cascade Canyon Trail. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Taggart Lake, hike along Amphitheater Lake, admire the verdant scenery at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip planning site .

Chicago to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Amphitheater Lake ©
Amphitheater Lake
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail

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 Hayden Valley. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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

4
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. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, admire the sheer force of Apikuni Falls, cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and explore the activities along Avalanche Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip site .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Glacier National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alki Beach and Seahurst Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Edmonds (Meadowdale Beach Park, Picnic Point Park, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and shop like a local with Bellevue Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Seattle holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Seattle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Edmonds, Bellevue Square, Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Seahurst Beach Park ©
Seahurst Beach Park

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ruby Beach and Hurricane Ridge. Step out of Olympic National Park with an excursion to Second Beach in La Push--about 1h 55 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Rialto Beach, trek along Second Beach Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Olympic National Park attractions planning site .

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seattle in August, with highs in Olympic National Park at 72°F and lows at 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Second Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

2
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Haystack Rock and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Get out of town with these interesting Cannon Beach side-trips: Astoria Column (in Astoria) and Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Cannon Beach, admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Manzanita Beach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach online trip builder .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Olympic National Park to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Cannon Beach, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Helena.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Astoria Column, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

1
night
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): do a tasting at Pride Mountain Vineyards, do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, then do a tasting at B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Inglenook, and finally learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery. On the next day, learn about winemaking at Modus Operandi Cellars, do a tasting at Schramsberg Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Benziger Family Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau St. Jean.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to St. Helena takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in August: highs in St. Helena hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries

Side Trips

B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Schramsberg Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards ©
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Inglenook ©
Inglenook

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Marshall’s Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Gracianna Winery (in Healdsburg). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, kick back and relax at China Beach, wander the streets of The Castro, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from St. Helena to San Francisco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Helena in September, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Gracianna Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
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. On the 8th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Asilomar State Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tee off at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then hike along Point Lobos.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Carmel online route planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Carmel by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Carmel are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pebble Beach Golf Links ©
Pebble Beach Golf Links

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Tuolumne Meadows and Taft Point. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Spend the 16th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carmel in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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.
Get in touch with nature at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim), Third Street Promenade (in Santa Monica) and Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu). Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, appreciate the extensive heritage of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, stroll through Will Rogers State Beach, and engage your brain at California Science Center.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (85°F), and nights are much warmer (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park, Nicholas Canyon Beach
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
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.
Visiting La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at Black's Beach, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, and stroll through Children's Pool.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego road trip site .

Drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas, and catch a live performance at Casino at the MGM Grand.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip builder site .

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be about the same, around 71°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Casinos Parks

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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