15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
5
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + tram + bus:  11​h 30​min
7
Astoria
— 2 nights
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
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 13th (Sat): make a trip to Canyon Road.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Santa Fe is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Fe. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Santa Fe, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally trek along Panorama Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Tunnel View and then trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, expect Yosemite National Park to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab visit site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Moab in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Moab due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Moab: temperatures range from 97°F by day to 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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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 19th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Moab in July, with highs in Mesa Verde National Park at 90°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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night
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 20th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. On your second day here, make a trip to Town Square, then see the interesting displays at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Jackson Hole sightseeing website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Jackson Hole takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July; daily highs in Jackson Hole reach 79°F and lows reach 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art

2
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, stroll through Artist Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park itinerary site .

Getting from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Jackson Hole in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manzanita Beach and Cannon Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Hug Point State Recreation Site and Lightship Columbia. Explore Astoria's surroundings by going to Cannon Beach (Haystack Rock & Ecola State Park). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum and appreciate the history behind Astoria Column.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Astoria tour planning app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Astoria in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Astoria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Astoria, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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