16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Santa Clara
Drive:  1​h
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  12​h 15​min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Muir Woods National Monument to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island and then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site .

Santa Clara to San Francisco is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In March, daytime highs in San Francisco are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 31st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Musee Mecanique ©
Musee Mecanique

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum, trek along Roxborough State Park, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

Plan a Denver trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from San Francisco to Denver in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (15°C), and nights are much colder (-1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Railroad Museum, Roxborough State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, examine the collection at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Slickrock Bike Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Denver in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Arches National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Moab, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Partition Arch ©
Partition Arch

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, get great views at Powell Point, get great views at Yaki Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel website .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Arches National Park in April, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 19°C and lows about -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon, admire the majestic nature at Snow Canyon State Park, and then explore the ancient world of Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Brian Head Resort, then hike along Kayenta Trail, and then see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Zion National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 12.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 24°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Utah, Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs, Brian Head Resort
Highlights from your plan
Snow Canyon State Park
Snow Canyon State Park
Brian Head Resort ©
Brian Head Resort
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Zion National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in April, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 16°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
Titanic ©
Titanic
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and then trek along May Lake Trailhead.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead

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