12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce
— 1 day
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of Beryl Spring, identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Sulphur Caldron and then take in the natural beauty of Mud Volcano.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip site.

Lexington to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 29-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lexington to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lexington in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Bryce

— 1 day
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and finally trek along Navajo Loop Trail.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Bryce holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yellowstone National Park to Bryce. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, you will find days in Bryce are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then trek along Angel's Landing, and then explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. In October, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 74°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

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 1st (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then examine the collection at The Mob Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 3rd (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 22°F, while days are little chillier, around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Visit Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Devil's Bridge Trail and Airport Mesa. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Boynton Canyon Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, cruise along Oak Creek Canyon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Arrow Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona online route planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (64°F), and nights are warmer (45°F). You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.