26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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San Antonio
— 13 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Fishercap Lake, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Apikuni Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, and then contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip planner.

Spokane Valley to Glacier National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Spokane Valley to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Spokane Valley in July, plan for little chillier nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. On the 14th (Tue), you're off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 15th (Wed), head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, hike along Mystic Falls Trail, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Star Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, then admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Fountain Paint Pot.

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You can drive from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, delve into the distant past at Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, then explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, explore the striking landscape at Pothole Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tower of Babel.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Arches National Park hover around 97°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Get in touch with nature at Riverside Walk and Watchman Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Kayenta Trail, get outside with The Subway, explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Arches National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zion National Park, with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 13 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Get some historical perspective at St. Mary's Catholic Church and King William Historic District. Escape the urban bustle at Cibolo Nature Center and Topgolf San Antonio. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Becker Vineyards (Winery) (in Stonewall), Fredericksburg (Lost Draw Cellars, Pioneer Museum, &more) and LBJ Texas White House (in Johnson City). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Kerrville River Trail, get engrossed in the history at Battle For Texas: The Experience, explore the world behind art at Briscoe Western Art Museum, and sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio route planner.

You can fly from Zion National Park to San Antonio in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Zion National Park to San Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Antonio, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.