16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
5
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + shuttle + bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Nashville

1
night
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.
Hoover Dam has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio and then don't miss a visit to The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas travel planner .

Nashville to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nashville in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 93°F and lows are around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hoover Dam, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. There's lots more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, get your bearings at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are colder with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
On the 14th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Point Sublime and then take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): Head underground at Big Room, then Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip planning tool .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 11.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park at 86°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Frijole Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

3
nights
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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