8 days in California & Wyoming Itinerary

8 days in California & Wyoming Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Jackson Hole
— 1 night


Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Family-friendly places like Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Downtown Disney District (in Anaheim), Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles travel planner.

New York City to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New York City in December: highs in Los Angeles hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 29th (Wed), buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then pause for some photo ops at Coit Tower.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 31st (Fri), see the winter wonderland with Scenic Safaris.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Jackson Hole day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Jackson Hole takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Jackson Hole. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in December; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 26°F and lows reach 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.