9 days in Western US Itinerary

9 days in Western US Itinerary

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9 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Museum of Contemporary Art and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online day trip planner .

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from New York City to Los Angeles. Traveling from New York City in July, Los Angeles is a bit cooler at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Museum of Contemporary Art ©
The Museum of Contemporary Art

2
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.
On the 21st (Sun), make a trip to Olmsted Point, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, get great views at Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner .

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. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Exploratorium and then walk around Golden Gate Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip tool .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Seattle hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium

1
night
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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planning tool .

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (73°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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