15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Bus:  12 h 45 min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  9 h 45 min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
6
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
7
Astoria
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Newark

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
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Newark to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Joshua Tree National Park is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Newark in July, things will get a bit warmer in Joshua Tree National Park: highs are around 103°F and lows about 78°F. On the 6th (Sat), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, thenhike along South Kaibab Trail, thentake in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (84°F), and nights are cooler (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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 8th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, hike along Panorama Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View and then hike along Mariposa Grove.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by bus from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. Expect little chillier evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): hike along Artist Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, thentake in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary website.

Fly from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail

3
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and Teton Raptor Center. Visiting Grand Teton and Taggart Lake will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Blacktail Ponds Overlook (in Moose) and Grand Teton National Park (Teton Point Turnout & Cascade Canyon Trail).

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jackson Hole tour planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Jackson Hole are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail

1
night
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 15th (Mon), appreciate the views at Logan Pass, explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. On your second day here, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, trek along Highline Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

Plan a Glacier National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Astoria.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visiting Haystack Rock and Astoria Column will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanita Beach and Young River Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Astoria: Bayocean Peninsula County Park (in Tillamook) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Columbia River Maritime Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Astoria trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Astoria by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Astoria due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, you will find days in Astoria are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Bayocean Peninsula County Park, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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