25 days in Western US Itinerary

25 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US planner

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Bus to Hanford Amtrak Station, Train to Amtrak/Greyhound Station, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to St George, Taxi to Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive to Page, Fly to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 1 night
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Roswell
— 1 night
Fly

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Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 2nd (Wed): stroll through Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Panorama Trail, then trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): trek along Four Mile Trail, then view the masterpieces at Ansel Adams Gallery, and then take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip maker.

Paso Robles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and train. You can also drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paso Robles in September: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 74°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Riverside Walk and Temple of Sinawava Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Watchman Trail and Zion's Main Canyon. Go for a jaunt from Zion National Park to Virgin to see Zion Helicopters about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, stroll through Kayenta Trail, head outdoors with The Subway, and take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Zion National Park vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park in 20 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, see a world frozen in time at Widtsoe Ghost Town, gear up at Ruby's Inn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, then trek along Rim Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore and take pictures at La Sal Mountain Loop, do a tasting at Spanish Valley Vineyards and Winery, hike along Park Avenue Trail, then grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and finally see the world from above with Canyonlands Ballooning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): trek along Balanced Rock Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

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Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Moab hover around 84°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Navaho Code Talkers Exhibit, then see the interesting displays at Navajo Cultural Center, then stroll around Sandstone Tours, and finally hike along Wildcat Trail. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sand Island Campground, then explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge, then stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Cow Canyon Trading Post.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Monument Valley can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 14th (Mon): stroll around Indian Garden, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, then trot along with Canyon Trail Rides, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally get great views at Pipe Creek Vista. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Powell Point, get great views at Maricopa Point, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in September, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 75°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then trek along Brin's Mesa Trail, and then surround yourself with nature on Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours.

Before you visit Sedona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sedona: highs are around 85°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

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.
Get outdoors at Jemez Mountains and Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Miguel Chapel and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, and make a trip to Lacuna Galleries.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe holiday planning website.

You can fly from Sedona to Santa Fe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 80°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do a tasting at Vivac Winery, do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery, learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery, then stroll through Orilla Verde Recreation Area, and finally make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, get outside with Taos Fly Shop, then explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taos sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Wineries · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Walker Aviation Musem, laugh and play at Roswell Space Center, take an in-depth tour of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Historic District. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Singing Road, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pecos River.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Taos to Roswell in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in September, with highs in Roswell at 87°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips