17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Petrified Forest National Park
— 3 nights
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Arches National Park
— 4 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Petrified Forest National Park

— 3 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Step out of the city life by going to Rainbow Forest and Crystal Forest Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blue Mesa and Devil's Playground. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Logs and get a new perspective on nature at Rainbow Forest Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park journey maker tool.

Thousand Oaks to Petrified Forest National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Thousand Oaks to Petrified Forest National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Thousand Oaks in May, expect colder with lows of 34°F in Petrified Forest National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Arches National Park

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Windows and Fiery Furnace. Explore hidden gems such as Double Arch and Pine Tree Arch Trail. The adventure continues: hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip planning website.

Drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Arches National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Arches National Park, with lows of 49°F. You'll set off for Canyonlands National Park on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): trek along Aztec Butte Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky. On your second day here, hike along Pothole Point Trail, then take a memorable drive along White Rim Road, then stroll through Neck Spring, and finally hike along White Rim Trail.

For other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
On the 24th (Mon), make a trip to Fruita Schoolhouse, then take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold, then hike along Sunset Point Trail, and finally stroll through Chimney Rock Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park holiday planning website.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. In May, Capitol Reef National Park is slightly colder than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · 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.
Get outdoors at Queen's Garden Trail and Agua Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Natural Bridge and Swamp Canyon. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, get great views at Sunset Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Bryce Amphitheatre, and explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Riverside Walk and Hidden Canyon. Get outdoors at Temple of Sinawava Trail and Watchman Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, take a memorable drive along Kolob Terrace Road, take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, and hike along Kayenta Trail.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park tour site.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 76°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 31st (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip maker.

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in May, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 68°F and lows at 33°F. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.