18 days in Western US Itinerary

18 days in Western US Itinerary

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Start: Louisville
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8 h 30 min
4
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Louisville

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, make a trip to Canyon Road, and then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online trip maker.

Louisville to Santa Fe is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Louisville to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Louisville in July, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

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

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oak Creek Canyon and Bell Rock. Take a break from the city and head to Slide Rock State Park and Cathedral Rock. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, approximately Camp Verde away. There's still lots to do: hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and stroll through Airport Mesa.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in July since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 7th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, thenexplore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, thenstroll through Bright Angel Point, thentake a memorable drive along Cape Royal, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in July, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Mecanique and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Baker Beach. Step out of San Francisco with an excursion to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online tour planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Tioga Pass. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and get great views at Washburn Point.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
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 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Prismatic Spring and Upper Geyser Basin. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yellowstone National Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, and trek along Artist Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

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