17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Big Sky
— 1 night
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights


Pagosa Springs — 1 night

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Tue), hike along San Juan River Walk, then ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, shuttle, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect little chillier with lows of 12°C in Pagosa Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.
Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Arches National Park — 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Pine Tree Arch Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Tower of Babel, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch, explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and finally don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arches National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: high temperatures in Arches National Park hover around 42°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park — 2 nights

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Ruby's Inn, then explore the stunning scenery at Agua Canyon, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, then explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, and then trek along Swamp Canyon.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 32°C and lows about 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park — 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Firehole Canyon Drive and Artists Paintpots. Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Fountain Paint Pot. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and take a memorable drive along Firehole Lake Drive.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 26°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sky.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Big Sky — 1 night

Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Soldiers Chapel, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Big Sky trip planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Big Sky by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Glacier National Park.
Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Glacier National Park — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake McDonald and Virginia Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Iceberg Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, hike along Goat Lick Overlook, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip builder website.

You can fly from Big Sky to Glacier National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Big Sky in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 11°C. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

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 · Wildlife Areas
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 · Wildlife Areas
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.