16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Plattsburgh
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
6
Devils Tower
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Plattsburgh

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.
On the 25th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Walnut Canyon National Monument, then take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Flagstaff travel planning tool .

Plattsburgh to Flagstaff is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Plattsburgh to Flagstaff due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Plattsburgh in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Flagstaff, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Page trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Page takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Flagstaff in August: high temperatures in Page hover around 93°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Page

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Glen Canyon Dam
Highlights from your plan
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Photography Tours
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook ©
Glen Canyon Dam Overlook

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Canyonlands National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Moab travel route planner.

Getting from Page to Moab by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Page in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Moab, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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 31st (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moab in August: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 84°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then hike along Artist Point, and then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Devils Tower.

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
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

4
nights
Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Get outdoors at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and Bridal Veil Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Jewel Cave National Monument and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Devils Tower: Needles Eye Tunnel (in Custer), Deadwood (Adams House & Tatanka: Story of the Bison) and McNenny State Fish Hatchery (in Spearfish).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Devils Tower road trip website .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Devils Tower in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, and taxi. In September, Devils Tower is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Spearfish, Deadwood, Custer
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway ©
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

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