15 days in Yosemite National Park & Big Bend Country Itinerary

15 days in Yosemite National Park & Big Bend Country Itinerary

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15 days in Yosemite National Park & Big Bend Country Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
2
El Paso
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
3
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Alpine
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Terlingua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Midland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
End: Houston

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chilnualna Falls and Cloud's Rest. Escape the urban bustle at May Lake Trailhead and Valley View. The adventure continues: trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park holiday planning app .

Houston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Houston in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (79°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

1
day
El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook and then explore the striking landscape at Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the El Paso online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to El Paso in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to El Paso is 1 hour. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in El Paso: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in El Paso

Outdoors Scenic Drive Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive - Overlook

2
nights
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at McKittrick Canyon, then steep yourself in history at Frijole Ranch, and then take in the awesome beauty at Guadalupe Peak. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Hall Trail, and then explore the activities along Smith Spring.

Start your trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from El Paso to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from El Paso in June, with highs in Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 90°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Alpine.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Frijole Ranch ©
Frijole Ranch

1
night
Alpine

Alpine ©
Alpine is a city in and the county seat of Brewster County, Texas, United States. On the 15th (Mon), look for gifts at Davis Mt. Broom Shop, then identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden, then enjoy the sea views from Fort Davis National Historic Site, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Presidio County Courthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Alpine route planner.

Getting from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Alpine by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Alpine sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Terlingua.

Things to do in Alpine

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fort Davis, Presidio County Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
Fort Davis National Historic Site ©
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Presidio County Courthouse ©
Presidio County Courthouse
Davis Mt. Broom Shop ©
Davis Mt. Broom Shop

1
night
Terlingua

Terlingua ©
Terlingua is a mining district and census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Brewster County, Texas, United States. On the 16th (Tue), look for gifts at Terlingua Trading Company, then identify plant and animal life at Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center, and then hike along Indian Head Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Terlingua trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Alpine to Terlingua in 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Alpine in June: high temperatures in Terlingua hover around 100°F and lows are around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Terlingua

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Terlingua Trading Company ©
Terlingua Trading Company

3
nights
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Balanced Rock and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. Step out of the city life by going to Big Bend Ranch State Park and Boquillas Canyon. There's still lots to do: stroll through S Rim Trail and hike along Rio Grande Village Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Terlingua to Big Bend National Park takes 1.5 hours. June in Big Bend National Park sees daily highs of 100°F and lows of 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Midland.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Highlights from your plan
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive ©
Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Big Bend Ranch State Park ©
Big Bend Ranch State Park

1
night
Midland

Midland ©
Midland is a city in and the county seat of Midland County, Texas, United States, on the Southern Plains of the state's western area. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): steep yourself in history at George W. Bush Childhood Home, see the interesting displays at The Petroleum Museum, then identify plant and animal life at I-20 Wildlife Preserve, and finally delve into the distant past at Stonehenge Replica.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Midland travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Midland takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in June, you will find days in Midland are a bit cooler (94°F), and nights are about the same (71°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Midland

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Stonehenge Replica
Highlights from your plan
Stonehenge Replica ©
Stonehenge Replica
The Petroleum Museum ©
The Petroleum Museum
George W. Bush Childhood Home ©
George W. Bush Childhood Home

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