19 days in Western US Itinerary

19 days in Western US Itinerary

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19 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Saint-Denis
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
3
Sedona
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Saint-Denis

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vail Mountain Resort and Beaver Creek Ski Area. Get outdoors at Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vail: Main Street (in Breckenridge) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vail tour itinerary site .

Saint-Denis, Reunion Island to Vail is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint-Denis to Vail is minus 11 hours. In January, Vail is much colder than Saint-Denis - with highs of -4°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Main Street, Keystone Ski Area
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hit the slopes at Outlaw Mountain Coaster, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hot Springs Adventures, then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then sample the fine beverages at Steamboat Whiskey Company.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs route planner.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Steamboat Springs when traveling from Vail in January, with lows around -16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Hot Springs Adventures ©
Hot Springs Adventures

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Montezuma Castle National Monument and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Wupatki National Monument and Devil's Bridge Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park) and Walnut Canyon National Monument (in Flagstaff). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Arrow Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and learn about winemaking at Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sedona attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Sedona takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in January; daily highs in Sedona reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Pillsbury Wine Company North, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Painted Desert, Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 15th (Wed), take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, appreciate the extensive heritage of East Village, then contemplate the long history of Hearst Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Greenspace Creekside Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, identify plant and animal life at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon road trip planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Sedona to San Simeon in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to San Simeon. Traveling from Sedona in January, you will find days in San Simeon are somewhat warmer (20°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in San Simeon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cambria
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Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Carmel online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to Carmel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 7°C in Carmel. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Pfeiffer State Beach, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

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