15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip itinerary builder

Make it your trip
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Lexington to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Lexington - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf. Explore hidden gems such as Castello di Amorosa and Grace Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & Charles Krug Winery). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: highs in San Francisco hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zion National Park and Zion Shuttle. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, hike along Angel's Landing, and explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park road trip website.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Zion National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are little chillier (48°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Oak Creek Canyon. Go for a jaunt from Sedona to Camp Verde to see Montezuma Castle National Monument about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Airport Mesa.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip tool.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sedona, with lows of 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Popular historic sites such as Canyon Road and Santa Fe Plaza are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Taos to see Rio Grande Gorge Bridge about 1h 30 min away. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and gain a rich perspective with New Mexico History Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe travel route planning site.

You can drive from Sedona to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sedona in September; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 80°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip