25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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25 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
2
Portland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Phoenix
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
8
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight and then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Seattle online trip itinerary builder .

Dallas to Seattle is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dallas to Seattle due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then stroll through Forest Park, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Portland trip builder website .

Getting from Seattle to Portland by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Gate Park.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip tool .

Getting from Portland to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and subway; or drive. Traveling from Portland in December, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 59°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Shopping
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
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.
When in Los Angeles, make a side trip to see Disneyland Park in Anaheim, approximately 30 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary app .

Getting from San Francisco to Los Angeles by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in December, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Universal Studios Hollywood ©
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West, and then view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Old Town Scottsdale and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. December in Phoenix sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Scottsdale
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Taliesin West ©
Taliesin West

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, and then try to win big at Casino at the Venetian. On your second day here, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Phoenix to Las Vegas takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Phoenix to Las Vegas. Traveling from Phoenix in December, things will get a bit cooler in Las Vegas: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. When traveling from Las Vegas in January, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, then admire the striking features of Vikingsholm, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Lake Tahoe, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°F in South Lake Tahoe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California), Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe
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Heavenly Mountain Resort ©
Heavenly Mountain Resort
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

3
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 9th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Enderts Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Redwood National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in January, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

Plan a Grand Canyon National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Redwood National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Redwood National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 15°F at night. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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