12 days in Western US Itinerary

12 days in Western US Itinerary

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Fly
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Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Moab
— 1 night
Drive
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly

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Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip website.

Louisville to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Louisville to Santa Fe. Traveling from Louisville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites

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Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, then trek along Airport Mesa, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Montezuma Castle National Monument, then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and finally trek along Broken Arrow Trail.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Sedona trip planning site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Sedona in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sedona when traveling from Santa Fe in May, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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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 20th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip website.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 22nd (Sat), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Hurrah Pass Road.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. In May, Moab is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, and finally take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Moab in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zion National Park, with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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San Francisco

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 25th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online journey maker.

You can fly from Zion National Park to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Valley View, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally hike along Panorama Trail. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip app.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Yosemite National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails