18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Montrose, Fly to Newark

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Yellowstone National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin. Step out of the city life by going to Upper Geyser Basin and Inspiration Point. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin, look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip planner.

New York City to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Vernal Fall and Tioga Pass. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cooks Meadow Loop, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route builder site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point and then explore the striking landscape at Artists Palette. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr and then explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 101°F, while lows dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

1
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Las Vegas

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas, and then get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planning site.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Las Vegas, with lows around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Casinos

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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.
On the 7th (Tue), cruise along Zion Shuttle, explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon, and then trek along Angel's Landing. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. When traveling from Las Vegas in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park route planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Moab trip simple and quick.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 97°F and 67°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

California travel guide

4
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.