15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  60​h
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and Cave of the Winds Mountain Park (in Manitou Springs). And it doesn't end there: get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Logan National Cemetary, and steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning website .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Denver. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Denver hover around 83°F and lows are around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip tool .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 25th (Thu), trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. In June, Grand Teton National Park is slightly colder than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 72°F and lows of 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout

3
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip app .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 34°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Arches National Park at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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Denver

Denver ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans.

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Traveling by flight from Arches National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around 87°F and lows about 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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