20 days in Western US Itinerary

20 days in Western US Itinerary

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20 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: College Station
Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
5
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  17​h 45​min
End: College Station

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then take in the exciting artwork at Crestone Artisans Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip app .

College Station to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from College Station to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve due to the time zone difference. While traveling from College Station, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Crestone, Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 16th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then engage your brain at Peterson Air & Space Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

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Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Peterson Air & Space Museum ©
Peterson Air & Space Museum

4
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.
Visit S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Gibbon Falls and Midway Geyser Basin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Historic Center & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). There's lots more to do: stroll through Artist Point, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape of String Lake, admire the sheer force of Hidden Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, then take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
String Lake ©
String Lake
Teton Point Turnout ©
Teton Point Turnout
Hidden Falls ©
Hidden Falls

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Apikuni Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Fishercap Lake ©
Fishercap Lake
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Apikuni Falls ©
Apikuni Falls

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Church Office Building. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Church History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and finally hike along City Creek Canyon.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Salt Lake City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, you will find days in Salt Lake City are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are much warmer (70°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museum of Natural Curiosity
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Natural Curiosity ©
Museum of Natural Curiosity
City Creek Canyon ©
City Creek Canyon
Wheeler Historic Farm ©
Wheeler Historic Farm

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, examine the collection at Yavapai Geology Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then enjoy breathtaking views from Yavapai Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then cruise along East Rim Drive, then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planning app .

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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