17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Seattle
Drive:  3​h 30​min
North Cascades National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Mount Rainier National Park
— Few hours
train:  2​h
Seattle
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
Santa Monica
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
Seattle

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day
North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
You've now added Lake Chelan National Recreation Area to your itinerary. On the 20th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read North Cascades National Park online travel route planner .

Seattle to North Cascades National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toMount Rainier National Park.

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Lake Chelan National Recreation Area ©

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park trip website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from North Cascades National Park to Mount Rainier National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seattle.

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Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

5
days
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seattle By Foot, NORDSTROM, Snoqualmie Falls, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel, and don't miss a visit to Space Needle.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Seattle trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. May in Seattle sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Monica.

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Shopping Parks Outdoors

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Snoqualmie Falls, Mercer Slough Nature Park
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Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle

2
days
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
You've now added Santa Monica Pier to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica Beach, get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Third Street Promenade. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Villa and then take in the pleasant sights at 26-Mile Bike Path.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Monica road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Seattle to Santa Monica in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Traveling from Seattle in May, Santa Monica is a bit warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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The Getty Villa
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Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path

2
days
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): trek along Bright Angel Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Monica to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Traveling from Santa Monica to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Santa Monica in May since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk and then see the interesting displays at Getty Center The Publications.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles road trip website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

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Museums Childrens Museums Outdoors
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Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

3
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nob Hill as well as Haight-Ashbury. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, catch a ride on Cable Cars, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in June: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 25°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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Nob Hill ©
Nob Hill
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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