40 days in Western US Itinerary

40 days in Western US Itinerary

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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
Fly:  3 h 15 min
4
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (in Scottsdale) and Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield). There's more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix online itinerary planner.

New York City to Phoenix is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Phoenix is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Shamrock Farms
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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center ©
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
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, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bright Angel Trail, get great views at Lipan Point, cruise along East Rim Drive, and make a trip to Grand Canyon Village.

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You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in April; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 62°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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.
Step out of Las Vegas to go to Boulder City and see Hoover Dam, which is approximately 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas, and enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

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Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April: highs in Las Vegas hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Tours Shopping

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:
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Gun Garage ©
Gun Garage
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
Casino At The Venetian ©
Casino At The Venetian

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 Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens (in Encinitas) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Maritime Museum of San Diego, stroll through La Jolla Cove, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and examine the collection at USS Midway Museum.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. 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

Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:
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Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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 out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). And it doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Topanga State Park, put a fun spin on your tour with Fantastic Race, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Fantastic Race ©
Fantastic Race
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Topanga State Park ©
Topanga State Park

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, walk around Golden Gate Park, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 69°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish 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
Find places to stay May 14 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden
Ferry Building Marketplace ©
Ferry Building Marketplace

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, and pick up some local products at Pike Place Market.

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You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May in Seattle, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough 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
Seattle Art Museum ©
Seattle Art Museum
Wine Tours & Tastings

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, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser, stroll through Monument Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Seattle in May, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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
Aurum Geyser ©
Aurum Geyser
Palette Spring ©
Palette Spring

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