19 days in Western US Itinerary

19 days in Western US Itinerary

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19 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
3
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Minneapolis

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 discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Gibbon Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and Lower Geyser Basin. Change things up with these side-trips from Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Menor's Ferry Historical Trail & 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Artists’ Paintpots, and trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 47°F and lows about 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore hidden gems such as Marin Headlands and Muir Woods National Monument. Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. Step out of San Francisco to go to Healdsburg and see Wine Tours & Tastings, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and contemplate the long history of Fort Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, things will get much hotter in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Muir Woods National Monument, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

3
nights
Zion National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Zion National Park and Watchman Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Narrows and Riverside Walk. When in Zion National Park, make a side trip to see LaFave Gallery in Springdale, approximately 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pa'rus Trail and admire all the interesting features of Kolob Terrace Road.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zion National Park trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Zion National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Zion National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Zion National Park, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

LaFave Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Bright Angel Trail and Yaki Point. There's lots more to do: hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Powell Point, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 66°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Douglas Mansion. Visit Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Jerome State Historic Park for their historical value. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite in Clarkdale--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Bear Mountain Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Huckaby Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Horse Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock.

Make your Sedona itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are much warmer (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Jerome, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite
Highlights from your plan
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Bear Mountain Trail ©
Bear Mountain Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park, then stop by Nambe Trading Post, then take in the spiritual surroundings of El Santuario de Chimayo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains, and then delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Fe online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, Santa Fe is little chillier than Sedona - with highs of 69°F and lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo, Jemez Mountains, Puye Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

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