17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
— 3 nights
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 3 nights



Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Phoenix trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Phoenix. In November, daytime highs in Phoenix are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 11th (Thu), you're off to Moab.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife


— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Moab online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Phoenix to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Phoenix in November, with highs in Moab at 55°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 15th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple.

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Traveling by car from Moab to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Moab in November, Salt Lake City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elephant Back Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yellowstone River Picnic Area.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip site.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in November; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 33°F and lows reach 12°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake McDonald and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Swiftcurrent Mountain and then stroll through Swiftcurrent Falls.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park travel planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in November: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 40°F and lows are around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites


— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Change things up with a short trip to Multnomah Falls in Bridal Veil (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, and look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland trip planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Portland by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Glacier National Park to Portland, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in November, with highs in Portland at 53°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips


— 3 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Boise is known for parks, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Idaho State Capitol Building, sample the tasty concoctions at Payette Brewing Company, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Boise, and hike along Boise River Greenbelt.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Boise trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to Boise in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°F in Boise. On the 27th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Montana travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Oregon travel guide

Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Idaho travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.