21 days in Western US Itinerary

21 days in Western US Itinerary

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21 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Flagstaff
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
5
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Houston

3
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Escape the urban bustle at Walnut Canyon National Monument and Bearizona Wildlife Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oak Creek Canyon and Painted Desert. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Flagstaff: Sedona (Cathedral Rock & Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)) and Grand Canyon South Rim (in Grand Canyon National Park). There's still lots to do: look and learn at Lowell Observatory.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff route builder website .

Houston to Flagstaff is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Flagstaff is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Flagstaff: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sedona, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon South Rim, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards. Escape the urban bustle at Muir Woods National Monument and Alcatraz Island. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to St. Helena to see Pride Mountain Vineyards about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and take a stroll through Twin Peaks.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Fly from Flagstaff to San Francisco in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Flagstaff in July, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

St. Helena, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Panorama Trail and Yosemite Falls. There's much more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, and don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grand Loop Road and Lamar Valley. Take a break from the city and head to Artist Point and Grand Prismatic Spring. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone to see Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, explore and take pictures at Yellowstone Institute, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Canyonlands National Park. Go for a jaunt from Moab to Arches National Park to see Delicate Arch about 38 minutes away.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Moab in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Moab to be warmer, temps between 92°F and 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at New Mexico History Museum and Canyon Road. Step off the beaten path and head to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Take a break from Santa Fe with a short trip to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the natural beauty of ten thousand waves, and see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moab in August; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 84°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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