15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Chattanooga

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Chattanooga to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chattanooga to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In September in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Mather Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in September, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are much colder (43°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. On your second day here, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park route maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Room Escape Games

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Grand Teton, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, and cruise along Lamar Valley.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 47°F and lows about 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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