60 days in Western US Itinerary

60 days in Western US Itinerary

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60 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h
1
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
4
San Diego
— 6 nights
5
Los Angeles
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Calistoga
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Three Mile Wash. Get a sense of the local culture at Musical Instrument Museum and Scottsdale Model Railroad Historical Society. Venture out of the city with trips to Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery (in Chandler) and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (in Scottsdale). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, stroll through KOLI Equestrian Center, and examine the collection at Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip builder tool .

Washington DC to Phoenix is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Phoenix. When traveling from Washington DC in January, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chandler, Scottsdale, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Three Mile Wash
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some cultural insight at Bright Angel History Room and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Take a break from the city and head to Red Canyon Trail and East Rim Drive. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale) and Guano Point (in Grand Canyon National Park). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona road trip website .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. In January, Sedona is little chillier than Phoenix - with highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona Copper Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Arizona Copper Art Museum ©
Arizona Copper Art Museum
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Bright Angel History Room ©
Bright Angel History Room

6
nights
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.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton) and Clark County Heritage Museum (in Henderson). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, explore the fascinating landscape at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery, and try your luck at New York New York Casino.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip maker .

Drive from Sedona to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County Heritage Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
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The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

6
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Air & Space Museum. Take a break from the city and head to La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Laguna Mountain Recreation Area (in Mount Laguna) and Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine). There's lots more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Black's Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Diego holiday planner.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Vegas in January: high temperatures in San Diego hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Laguna Mountain Recreation Area, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©

7
nights
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.
The Getty Center and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Royal Palms State Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Oak Canyon Nature Center (in Anaheim). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, examine the collection at The Nethercutt Collection, and contemplate the long history of Avila Adobe.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planning website .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Norton Simon Museum, Santa Monica Mountains
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Los Angeles County Museum of Art ©
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Museum-lovers will get to explore Parsons Memorial and Yosemite Museum Gallery. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip website .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in January, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 44°F and lows about 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:
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Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Carmel Art Association. You'll get in some beach time at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at China Cove and Gibson Beach, hike along Scenic Road Walkway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Carmel attractions planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Carmel by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Carmel, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 6:
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Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

7
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Take a break from the city and head to Twin Peaks and Fort Funston National Park. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, take a stroll through Union Square, and engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco route maker app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in San Francisco sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Calistoga.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Neighborhoods Childrens Museums
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Calistoga

Calistoga ©
Indulgence is the name of the game in Calistoga.
Let the collections at Sharpsteen Museum and Mumm Napa capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sapphire Hill Winery and Pride Mountain Vineyards. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Calistoga: Sonoma Coast State Beach (in Sonoma), West Coast Falconry (in Marysville) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Hess Collection Winery & Art Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and do a tasting at V. Sattui Winery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Calistoga trip planner .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Calistoga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Calistoga when traveling from San Francisco in February, with lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Calistoga

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Napa, Mumm Napa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery ©
B Cellars Vineyards and Winery
Sapphire Hill Winery ©
Sapphire Hill Winery

5
nights
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Let the collections at The Museum of Flight and Washington State History Museum capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Mount Ellinor (in Olympic National Park) and Tacoma (Museum of Glass & Tacoma Art Museum). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of History & Industry, examine the collection at Nordic Museum, and shop like a local with Glasshouse Studio.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner.

Getting from Calistoga to Seattle by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calistoga in February: highs in Seattle hover around 50°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tacoma, Mount Ellinor, Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM)
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 22:
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Back Mountain and Grand Teton. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, and identify plant and animal life at Yellowstone River Picnic Area.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park. In February, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Seattle - with highs of 28°F and lows of 4°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Find places to stay Feb 22 — 29:
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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