21 days in Western US Itinerary

21 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip builder
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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Scottsdale
— 1 day
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
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Ventura
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Los Angeles — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles trip website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 9 hours. In July, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.
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Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:
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Palm Springs — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs online trip planner.

Drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Scottsdale.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
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Scottsdale — 1 day

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): see Off-Road Tours and then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Scottsdale travel site.

Getting from Palm Springs to Scottsdale by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Palm Springs to Scottsdale is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Scottsdale are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 1 night

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 5th (Tue), take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Scottsdale to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Scottsdale in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Nature · Tours
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. On the next day, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas sightseeing tool.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect little chillier with lows of 26°C in Death Valley National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Yellowstone National Park — 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley.

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

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 26°C and lows at 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then get curious at Exploratorium, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monterey.
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Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Monterey — 1 night

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and then look for gifts at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Elkhorn Slough Safari and then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Monterey trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to fly to Ventura.
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Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Ventura — 1 night

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ventura day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Monterey to Ventura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Monterey in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ventura, with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Los Angeles.
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Shopping
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Two Rodeo Drive, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip tool.

Drive from Ventura to Los Angeles in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Ventura in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Nightlife · Historic Sites · Museums
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