40 days in Western US Itinerary

40 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US vacation planner
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Phoenix
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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San Diego
— 5 nights
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Los Angeles
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 6 nights
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Seattle
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Yellowstone National Park
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Phoenix — 3 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Scottsdale (River Rafting & Tubing & Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center) and Shamrock Farms (in Stanfield). There's more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback and examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Phoenix online travel planner.

New York City to Phoenix is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Phoenix, ranging from highs of 88°F to lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.
Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure
Side Trips
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Grand Canyon National Park — 6 nights

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, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in April: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 62°F and lows are around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Las Vegas — 5 nights

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: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, try to win big at Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.
Parks · Tours · Shopping · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

San Diego — 5 nights

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: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, see the interesting displays at USS Midway Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, and immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip planning app.

Getting from Las Vegas to San Diego by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 a bit cooler, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 4 — 9:

Los Angeles — 5 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood, partake in some friendly competition at Fantastic Race, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles day trip planning app.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:

San Francisco — 6 nights

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 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, get curious at Exploratorium, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder 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 fly to Seattle.
Tours · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay May 14 — 20:

Seattle — 3 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, stroll around Volunteer Park Conservatory, make a trip to Space Needle, and examine the collection at The Museum of Flight.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Seattle road trip app.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
Museums · Wineries · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay May 20 — 23:

Yellowstone National Park — 6 nights

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 sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 53°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 23 — 29: