17 days in Western US Itinerary

17 days in Western US Itinerary

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17 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Rochester
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Moab
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
3
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  8​h
6
Portland
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  7​h
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Rochester

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals and then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online holiday planner .

Rochester to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Santa Fe. In August in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyonlands National Park and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moab road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Moab

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walnut Canyon National Monument and Lowell Observatory. Head to Center for the New Age and Hauser and Hauser Farmfor plenty of shopping. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde) and Bearizona Wildlife Park (in Williams). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sedona driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Moab to Sedona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Moab in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Sedona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Spas

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Forum Shops at Caesars and Downtown Container Park. Do your shopping at Fashion Show Mall and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through The LINQ Promenade, make a trip to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and enjoy some diversion at Gun Garage.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas attractions planning website .

Drive from Sedona to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in September: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 93°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets
Downtown Container Park ©
Downtown Container Park
Fashion Show Mall ©
Fashion Show Mall

1
day
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are colder (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

1
day
Portland

Portland ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, then steep yourself in history at Pittock Mansion, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Portland takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in Portland dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Lan Su Chinese Garden ©
Lan Su Chinese Garden

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Artist Point and Lamar Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: West Yellowstone (Madison Avenue Old Time Photos & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Portland to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in September, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

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