17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Akron
+2
Bus + Subway + Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Durango

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.
On the 1st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Guardian Angel Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Pinball Hall of Fame, then steep yourself in history at Little Church of the West, and finally take an in-depth tour of Titanic. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Neon Museum and then immerse yourself in nature at Valley of Fire State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker app .

Akron to Las Vegas is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Akron to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Akron - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Nelson Ghost Town
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Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Titanic ©
Titanic
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Narrows and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Get in touch with nature at Angel's Landing and Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor. It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon and take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: highs in Zion National Park hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
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Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, and then explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria. On your second day here, stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop and then take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Agua Canyon
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Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Queen Victoria ©
Queen Victoria

2
nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 9th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Capitol Reef National Park . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Chimney Rock Trail.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in May, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 11th (Sat), hike along White Rim Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Island in the Sky, and then take some stellar pictures from Green River Overlook. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, grab your bike and head to White Rim Road, and then take in breathtaking views at Horseshoe Canyon.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail
White Rim Road ©
White Rim Road
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cruise along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, trek along Park Avenue Trail, and then look for gifts at Moab Rock Shop. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, explore the striking landscape at Double O Arch, and then don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park route maker .

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Moab
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Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Partition Arch ©
Partition Arch

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, make a trip to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Arches National Park in May, with lows around 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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