20 days in Western US Itinerary

20 days in Western US Itinerary

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20 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
2
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  7​h
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Paris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park journey builder .

Paris, France to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in April, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, around -9°C, while days are little chillier, around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Gibbon Falls ©
Gibbon Falls

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, then grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, then take in the dramatic natural features at Corona Arch, and finally hike along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers, then admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, and finally examine the collection at Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moab trip builder site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Moab in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, expect Moab to be warmer, temps between 22°C and 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fisher Towers, Turret Arch
Highlights from your plan
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch
Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve ©
Fisher Towers ©
Fisher Towers

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pecos National Historical Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and then steep yourself in history at El Santuario de Chimayo. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then trek along Canyon Trail, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo, Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tuzigoot National Monument and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Whiskey Row and Douglas Mansion. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sedona: Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery (in Jerome), Fort Verde State Historic Park (in Camp Verde) and Sharlot Hall Museum (in Prescott). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Little Horse Trail, steep yourself in history at Honanki Heritage Site, explore the striking landscape at Soldier Pass, and take in the exciting artwork at Village Gallery of Local Artists.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in April since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jerome, Prescott, Tuzigoot National Monument, Fort Verde State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tuzigoot National Monument ©
Tuzigoot National Monument
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

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 11th (Sat), stroll through Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zion National Park and Pa'rus Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Court of the Patriarchs and Kayenta Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Zion National Park side-trips: Springdale (Worthington Gallery, David J West Gallery, & more). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Watchman Trail.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, with highs in Zion National Park at 24°C and lows at 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park by combination of taxi and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in April; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 29°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cambria Cemetery, then look for gifts at Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Simeon tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to San Simeon takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in San Simeon

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cambria Cemetery
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Cambria Cemetery ©
Cambria Cemetery

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, then explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner .

You can drive from San Simeon to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in April, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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