15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
3
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Boston

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Artists’ Paintpots and Grand Loop Road. Visiting Artist Point and Old Faithful will get you outdoors. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lewis Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip builder .

Boston to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Boston, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

1
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 14th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Tunnel View, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Delicate Arch and River Rafting & Tubing. On the 17th (Wed), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Canyonlands National Park. There's more to do: push the limits with an extreme tour and admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Moab trip planning tool .

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Moab is 1 hour. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Moab, with highs around 97°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art and Painted Desert. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flagstaff: Sedona (Bell Rock, Devil's Bridge Trail, & more). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff online tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Moab to Flagstaff in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in July: high temperatures in Flagstaff hover around 81°F and lows are around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sedona, Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

2
nights
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 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe route tool .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Flagstaff in July; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 88°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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