16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

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16 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Edmonton
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Cody
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Edmonton

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 3rd (Fri), wander the streets of Pike Place Market and then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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

Edmonton, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Edmonton to Seattle, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in August, with highs in Seattle at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien and then take a stroll through SoMa. On your second day here, wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf, then explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and then explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yellowstone National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yellowstone National Park, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

3
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
On the 9th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Old Trail Town, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Plains Indian, then see the interesting displays at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally examine the collection at Cody Firearms Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Draper Natural History Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Whitney Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cody trip planner .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Cody at 32°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park route planning app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cody to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cody in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taos day trip tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Taos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Taos, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyon Road and Bandelier National Monument. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and New Mexico History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, make a trip to The Plaza, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe attractions app .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bandelier National Monument, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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