18 days in Western US Itinerary

18 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Truckee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City road trip website.

Des Moines to Salt Lake City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines to Salt Lake City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Salt Lake City can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. You will leave for Grand Teton National Park on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, get engrossed in the history at Murie Centre, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Teton Point Turnout, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, explore the activities along Leigh Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and finally trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip maker app.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Salt Lake City in June, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Castle Geyser. Step off the beaten path and head to Firehole Canyon Drive and Grand Geyser. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Terrace Spring, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park planning site.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Truckee

— 3 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Visiting Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum and Flume Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stateline Lookout and Truckee River Legacy Trail. When in Truckee, make a side trip to see Tahoe Meadows Trail in Incline Village, approximately Incline Village away. The adventure continues: let little ones run wild at Commons Beach Park, go for a stroll along the water at Donner Lake Watersports & Marina, admire all the interesting features of Donner Pass, and trot along with Tahoe Donner.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Truckee sightseeing app.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Truckee takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June: highs in Truckee hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon, then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range, then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Truckee to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Truckee in June: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then stroll around Indian Garden, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through South Kaibab Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 24th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Paria View, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Bryce Amphitheatre.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Bryce Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail, and then hike along Riverside Walk. On the next day, stroll through Angel's Landing, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and then hike along Watchman Trail.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park visit planning tool.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Zion National Park at 94°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

On the 28th (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Millcreek Canyon and then tour the pleasant surroundings at City Creek Canyon.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in June: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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