13 days in Western US Itinerary

13 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US journey builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Monterey
— 2 nights
Shuttle to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Jackson Hole Airport, Fly to Lea County Regional Airport

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Santa Fe

— 1 night

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 28th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary maker.

Hobbs to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Hobbs in August, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 84°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), trek along Oak Creek Canyon, and then immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Sedona trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Santa Fe to Sedona in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sedona when traveling from Santa Fe in August, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sedona in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park road trip tool.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Monterey

— 2 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Monterey road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Monterey when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Upper Geyser Basin and Uncle Tom's Trail. Visiting Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and admire the sheer force of Mystic Falls Trail.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Monterey to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterey to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Monterey, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors