17 days in Western US Itinerary

17 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US attractions planner
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Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive
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Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Scottsdale
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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 San Francisco
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 1 night
Fly
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Ventura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Hollywood.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Los Angeles is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Palm Springs.
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Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

Palm Springs — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Palm Springs Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Sunnylands Center & Gardens, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Palm Springs trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Palm Springs hover around 49°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Scottsdale.
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Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

Scottsdale — 1 night

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

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Getting from Palm Springs to Scottsdale by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) 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) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

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. Traveling from Scottsdale in July, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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.
On the 7th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas visit planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 47°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, admire all the interesting features of Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, and finally get great views at Dante's View. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally trek along Gower Gulch Loop.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

San Francisco — 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally go for a walk through Lombard Street.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit cooler (16°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

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 11th (Mon): cruise along 17-Mile Drive and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 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 12th (Tue) early enough to fly to Ventura.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Ventura — 2 nights

Ventura, officially the City of San Buenaventura, is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission San Buenaventura, stop by Fox Fine Jewelry, then discover the deep blue sea with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Ventura Pier and Promenade.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ventura trip site.

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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ventura, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.
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Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Wildlife
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Los Angeles — 2 nights

City of Angels

Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Explore Los Angeles further: take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and admire the landmark architecture of Bradbury Building.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Ventura to Los Angeles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ventura in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
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Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16: