18 days in Western US Itinerary

18 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Moab
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, see Off-Road Tours, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab tour itinerary planner.

Nashville to Moab is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Moab due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in July, expect nights in Moab to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 20th (Tue), shop like a local with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from High Roller. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and then try your luck at Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Moab - with highs of 104°F and lows of 81°F. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 23rd (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Las Vegas - with highs of 83°F and lows of 46°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature · Parks

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Idaho Springs

— 1 night
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Thu), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Indian Hot Springs, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Georgetown Firefighting Museum, admire all the interesting features of Guanella Pass, then hike along St Mary's Glacier, and finally examine the collection at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Idaho Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Idaho Springs in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Idaho Springs are much colder (53°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 1 night
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip planner.

Getting from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Idaho Springs in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 49°F at night. On the 31st (Sat), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 31st (Sat): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Buena Vista in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Colorado Springs: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.