15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h 45 min
1
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Airport Mesa. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, and see the sky in a new way at Sedona Stargazing.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona route planner .

Washington DC to Sedona is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Sedona, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Washington DC in March, with highs in Sedona at 67°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. There's more to do: trek along South Kaibab Trail and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner .

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in March, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (57°F), and nights are colder (23°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab 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 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park and then explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows and then trek along Angel's Landing.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. In March, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 64°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and then shop like a local with The Strip.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in March, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Fri), cruise along Artists Dr, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in March, plan for slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along The Embarcadero, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary website .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in March, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf
The Embarcadero ©
The Embarcadero

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