13 days in Western US Itinerary

13 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US route planner

Make it your trip
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Phoenix
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Basin National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore by horseback at KOLI Equestrian Center.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix tour itinerary tool.

Houston to Phoenix is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Phoenix is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Houston in April: highs in Phoenix hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 62°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Petrified Forest National Park

— 2 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Petrified Forest National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Phoenix to Petrified Forest National Park by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in April, with highs in Petrified Forest National Park at 64°F and lows at 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel app.

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In May in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Page

— 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Page trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Page hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, then take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen's Garden Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Sunrise Point, then stroll through Sunset Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Page to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Page in May: highs in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Great Basin National Park

— 2 nights
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Stella Lake, then explore the activities along Teresa Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpine Lakes Loop, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Lehman Caves. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): stroll through Baker Lake Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Wheeler Peak, and then hike along Bristlecone Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Basin National Park online travel planner.

Explore your travel options from Bryce Canyon National Park to Great Basin National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Great Basin National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Great Basin National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Mon), appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park holiday maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Basin National Park to Joshua Tree National Park. Traveling from Great Basin National Park in May, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are much warmer (61°F). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive