12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Yosemite National Park
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + tram + bus:  12​h 30​min
5
Astoria
— 1 night
End: Astoria

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows, hike along Angel's Landing, explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle, and take some stellar pictures from Observation Point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park attractions planner.

Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°F in Zion National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Shafer Canyon Overlook and then explore the stunning scenery at The Needles.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park online journey planner .

Getting from Zion National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, things will get slightly colder in Canyonlands National Park: highs are around 38°F and lows about 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Shafer Canyon Overlook

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online trip builder .

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

3
nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 2nd (Thu), hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, then take a memorable drive along Highway 12 Scenic Byway, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area. On your second day here, hike along Goosenecks Overlook and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Capitol Reef National Park .

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Capitol Reef National Park when traveling from Arches National Park in January, with lows around 8°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook

1
night
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, explore the galleries of Columbia River Maritime Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column, then stop by Fernhill Glass, and finally examine the collection at Seaside Inverted Experience.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Astoria trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Capitol Reef National Park to Astoria in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Capitol Reef National Park to Astoria, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in January, expect nights in Astoria to be warmer, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 50°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Seaside, Haystack Rock
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

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