15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Cody
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Atlanta

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe tour planner.

Atlanta to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Atlanta in July, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Taos
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route builder website .

Drive from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Fort Point. Discover out-of-the-way places like Twin Peaks and California Academy of Sciences. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, walk around Kerry Park, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, and then take in the exciting artwork at Glasshouse Studio.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel planning site .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Museum of Pop Culture ©
Museum of Pop Culture
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Grand Teton, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Artist Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in July, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

2
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town, then examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum, then examine the collection at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cody journey planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Cody: highs are around 83°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center

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