14 days in Western US Itinerary

14 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip planner

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
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

New York City to Santa Fe is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the next day, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, and then admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona itinerary builder app.

Getting from Santa Fe to Sedona by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 66°F in Sedona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get great views at Mather Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sedona in August; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): make a trip to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, then contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park road trip website.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monterey attractions planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Monterey to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Upper Geyser Basin and Uncle Tom's Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Mystic Falls Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, stroll through Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Blue Star Spring.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park visit planner.

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yellowstone National Park when traveling from Monterey in August, with lows around 38°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails