12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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12 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Columbus

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas visit planner.

Columbus to Las Vegas is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Columbus to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 93°F and lows are around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood and then examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, expect Los Angeles to be a bit cooler, temps between 85°F and 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

3
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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of SoMa.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market, shop like a local with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
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.
On the 13th (Sun), hike along Artist Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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