15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

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
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + tram + bus:  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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park itinerary builder site .

Newark to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Joshua Tree National Park. Traveling from Newark in July, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 103°F and 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

1
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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, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View and then hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, 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 of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

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.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online visit planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. In July, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Teton Raptor Center and Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. Visiting Taggart Lake and Cascade Canyon Trail will get you outdoors. When in Jackson Hole, make a side trip to see Blacktail Ponds Overlook in Moose, approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Teton Point Turnout.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 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). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can 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
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Avalanche Lake, then trek along Highline Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Jackson Hole to Glacier National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. When traveling from Jackson Hole in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up 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
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake

2
nights
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visit Manzanita Beach and Haystack Rock for some beach relaxation. Step off the beaten path and head to Bayocean Peninsula County Park and Young River Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Astoria: Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach & Ecola State Park). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Astoria Column and browse the exhibits of Columbia River Maritime Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Astoria trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Astoria by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Astoria is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, expect nights in Astoria to be a bit warmer, around 55°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Cap off 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
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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