15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  8​h
1
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Calgary

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Breakwater.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Carmel route planner.

Calgary, Canada to Carmel is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Calgary in September: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, Breakwater
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

3
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Taft Point and Panorama Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olmsted Point and Mono Lake County Park. Go for a jaunt from Yosemite National Park to Bridgeport to see Bodie State Historic Park about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and get great views at Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Getting from Carmel to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Carmel in September, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mono Lake County Park, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and finally take a stroll through Barrio de Analco.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Santa Fe takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Santa Fe: highs are around 31°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): trek along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On your second day here, get great views at Mather Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Santa Fe - with highs of 28°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Renee Taylor Gallery, then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), take a memorable drive along Oak Creek Canyon, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Sedona reach 34°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Spas & Wellness
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

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.
Visiting Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Sedona to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 18°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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