48 days in Western US Itinerary

48 days in Western US Itinerary

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48 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Seattle
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 15 min
8
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
San Diego
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  12 h
End: Washington DC

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.
For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs attractions planner.

Washington DC to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

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You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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.
Grand Teton National Park is known for wildlife, scenic drive, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton, take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Aspen to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Aspen in July since evenings lows in Grand Teton National Park dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

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

5
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park tour planning app .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

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
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.
Explore Seattle's surroundings by going to Hurricane Ridge (in Olympic National Park) and B&B Family Farm (in Sequim). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, get some jogging in at Discovery Park, and make a trip to Space Needle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle attractions planning site .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hurricane Ridge, B&B Family Farm
Highlights from your plan
B&B Family Farm ©
B&B Family Farm
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read San Francisco travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Seattle, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

5
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, stroll through Mariposa Grove, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, see the interesting displays at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles online journey maker .

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 August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita ©
Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

4
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 San Diego to go to Encinitas and see Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Diego trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, you will find days in San Diego are little chillier (78°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

4
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.
Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas holiday planning app .

You can fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in August, you will find days in Las Vegas are warmer (101°F), and nights are a bit warmer (77°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

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
North Kaibab Trail ©
North Kaibab Trail

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