17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Red Bluff
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to North Platte
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North Platte
— 1 day
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Red Bluff
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Red Bluff

Red Bluff is a city in and the county seat of Tehama County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along Sacramento River Bend Area.

To find out how to plan a trip to Red Bluff, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sacramento to Red Bluff is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In September, daytime highs in Red Bluff are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Red Bluff

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): stroll through Kayenta Trail, stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, and then trek along Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, hike along Pa'rus Trail, and then stroll through Watchman Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Red Bluff to Zion National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Red Bluff in September: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Navajo Loop Trail and Wall Street. Step out of the city life by going to Sunset Point and Agua Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rim Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bristlecone Loop, take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in September: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Little Wild Horse Canyon, trek along Capitol Gorge Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goosenecks Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Grand Wash Trail, then hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, then contemplate the long history of Fruita Schoolhouse, and finally steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, then stroll through Devils Garden Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Skyline Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Tunnel Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Broken Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. In September, Arches National Park is a bit warmer than Capitol Reef National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get outside with Adventures Out West, then kick your exploration up a notch at The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Arches National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Arches National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to North Platte.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

North Platte

— 1 day
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the North Platte day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Colorado Springs to North Platte. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to North Platte due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in North Platte are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, and finally explore the striking landscape at Norris Back Basin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park online tour planner.

Drive from North Platte to Yellowstone National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from North Platte in September, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are much colder (60°F), and nights are little chillier (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, then trek along Jenny Lake Trail, and finally explore the activities along Snake River. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake, then stroll through Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, and then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Red Bluff.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Red Bluff

— 1 day
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Red Bluff online tour itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Teton National Park to Red Bluff. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Red Bluff. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, with highs in Red Bluff at 90°F and lows at 60°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Wed).

Things to do in Red Bluff

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.