15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
1
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sedona holiday planner.

New York City to Sedona is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Sedona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then stroll through Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park and then stroll through Kayenta Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk and then explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online tour itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October: highs in Zion National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally trek along Navajo Loop Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): get great views at Paria View, then explore the striking landscape of Under-the-Rim Trail, and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park vacation planner .

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in October: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 61°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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.
Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Jenny Lake Trail. Change things up with a short trip to String Lake in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, stop by Fishing Bridge General Store, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 47°F by day to 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

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