8 days in Western US Itinerary

8 days in Western US Itinerary

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8 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+3
bus + Fly + bus + train:  12​h
End: Washington DC

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to The 45th Parallel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online tour planner .

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yosemite National Park using our trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 65°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 53°F in San Francisco. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Park ©
Golden Gate Park

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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 Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: hike along Rim Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and make a trip to Powell Point.

Start your trip to Grand Canyon National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of subway, flight, and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight 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. Plan for colder nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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