15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Moab
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Sedona
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
End: New York City

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then trek along Artist Point, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get curious at Exploratorium, then make a trip to Lombard Street, then take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, San Francisco is warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass and then hike along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Canyonlands National Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then push the limits with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab route planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Moab in 9 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Moab, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Moab hover around 95°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walnut Canyon National Monument and Bell Rock. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park) and Bearizona Wildlife Park (in Williams). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and stroll through Oak Creek Canyon.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sedona itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Moab to Sedona by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Moab in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Bearizona Wildlife Park, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then admire the masterpieces at Ghost Ranch.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe journey planning site .

Getting from Sedona to Santa Fe by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June, Santa Fe is little chillier than Sedona - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taos, Ghost Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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