23 days in Western US Itinerary

23 days in Western US Itinerary

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23 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Anaheim
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
11
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
12
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
13
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park planner .

Indianapolis to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Grand Teton National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in August, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be much colder, around 43°F, while days are little chillier, around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Chapel of the Transfiguration ©
Chapel of the Transfiguration

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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, and trek along Artist Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

1
night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 5th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop and then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

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 6th (Fri), trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): get great views at Powell Point and then trek along Rim Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planning website .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): shop like a local with The Strip, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at The Mob Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (93°F), and nights are much hotter (71°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Las Vegas to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Joshua Tree National Park, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anaheim.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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night
Anaheim

Anaheim ©
Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): discover the magic at Disneyland Park and then have some family-friendly fun at Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Anaheim itinerary planner .

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Anaheim in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September, expect nights in Anaheim to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are slightly colder, around 88°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Anaheim

Theme Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center ©

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night
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy and then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Anaheim to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Anaheim in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Tuolumne Meadows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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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 15th (Sun): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Golden Gate Park, then admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, then don't miss a visit to Book Passage, and finally make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 17th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park route maker site .

Getting from San Francisco to Redwood National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. In September, Redwood National Park is slightly colder than San Francisco - with highs of 66°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Seattle road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Seattle with the Route module. Traveling from Redwood National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Seattle: highs are around 72°F and lows about 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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.
On the 20th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park online journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, Glacier National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

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