18 days in Jackson, Fort Worth & Western US Itinerary

18 days in Jackson, Fort Worth & Western US Itinerary

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18 days in Jackson, Fort Worth & Western US Itinerary

Start: Brandon
Drive:  30​min
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Jackson
— Few hours
Drive:  7​h
2
Fort Worth
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Santa Fe
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Capitol Reef National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
11
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
12
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
car:  6​h
13
Morro Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
14
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
15
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
car:  4​h
End: Chico

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Jackson

Jackson
Jackson, officially the City of Jackson, is the capital city and largest urban center of the U.S. To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson trip planner .

Brandon to Jackson is an approximately half hour car ride. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 73°F. You'll set off for Fort Worth on the 29th (Thu).

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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Fort Worth

Fort Worth ©
Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at JFK Tribute, then contemplate the long history of Thistle Hill House Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Patrick Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Fort Worth trip planner.

Fly from Jackson to Fort Worth in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 97°F in August, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thistle Hill House Museum ©
Thistle Hill House Museum
St. Patrick Cathedral ©
St. Patrick Cathedral
JFK Tribute ©
JFK Tribute

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant and then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Fort Worth to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Worth to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Carlsbad Caverns National Park when traveling from Fort Worth in August, with lows around 69°F. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

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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.
For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe sightseeing planning app .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 57°F. You'll set off for Taos on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks Outdoors Tours

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, then get a taste of the local shopping with Taos Clay Studio, then explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Two Graces.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taos road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Taos, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House ©
Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House
Two Graces ©
Two Graces

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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.
On the 3rd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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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.
You've now added Arches National Park Scenic Drive to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tower of Babel, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park tour planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arches National Park when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Courthouse Towers ©
Courthouse Towers
Tower of Babel ©
Tower of Babel

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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.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 3.5 hours. In September, Capitol Reef National Park is little chillier than Arches National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. On the 5th (Thu), you're off toBryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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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 5th (Thu): get great views at Farview Point.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park route site .

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. September in Bryce Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.
Highlights from your plan
Farview Point ©
Farview Point

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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.
The Narrows has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Fri), hike along The Narrows.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hike along Mojave Trail and then contemplate the long history of Calico Early Man Site.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barstow trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Barstow. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Barstow. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Barstow at 95°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Calico Early Man Site, Mojave Trail
Highlights from your plan
Calico Early Man Site ©
Calico Early Man Site

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Barstow to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. In September, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Barstow - with highs of 90°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Pismo Beach.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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Morro Bay

Morro Bay ©
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. On the 10th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Fiona Bleu Gallery, then stroll around Anchor Memorial Park, and then stop by The Shell Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Morro Bay in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Morro Bay are a bit cooler (83°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Anchor Memorial Park ©
Anchor Memorial Park

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Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monterey online trip maker .

Monterey is just a stone's throw from Carmel. In September, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 12th (Thu), you're off toYosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online route builder .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Monterey in September, with lows around 38°F. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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