40 days in Western US Itinerary

40 days in Western US Itinerary

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40 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h
End: New York City

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Explore Phoenix's surroundings by going to Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield) and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (in Scottsdale). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

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New York City to Phoenix is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Phoenix, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in April, plan for much warmer days in Phoenix, with highs around 88°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Shamrock Farms
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Shamrock Farms ©
Shamrock Farms
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum

6
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, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Grandview Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in April, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 62°F and lows at 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online trip builder .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, admire the majestic nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, and see the interesting displays at Timken Museum of Art.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read San Diego visit planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Lions, Tigers & Bears, Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, admire the striking features of Walt Disney Concert Hall, get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning app .

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, don't miss a visit to Ferry Building Marketplace, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Francisco, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in San Francisco at 69°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Museums Parks

Side Trip

Wine Tours & Tastings
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Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Seattle Aquarium, admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seattle tour builder app .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Tours Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

6
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, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, take an unorthodox tour of Palette Spring, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in May, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are colder (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 23 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lower Geyser Basin ©
Lower Geyser Basin
Palette Spring ©
Palette Spring

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