22 days in United States Itinerary

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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Escalante
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Junction — 1 night

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction day trip website.

Expect a daytime high around 26°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You'll set off for Arches National Park on the 29th (Mon).
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Arches National Park — 2 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.
On the 29th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers, then explore the striking landscape at Tower of Babel, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch. Keep things going the next day: trek along Pine Tree Arch Trail, then stroll through Double Arch, then stroll through Landscape Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Arches National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Moab.
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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 31st (Wed): hike along Moab Brand Trails and then hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area and then explore the striking landscape at Fisher Towers.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Moab travel route app.

Getting from Arches National Park to Moab by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.
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Canyonlands National Park — 2 nights

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 2nd (Fri), cruise along White Rim Road, stroll through White Rim Trail, and then hike along Aztec Butte Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Hill, stroll through Cave Spring, and then take in breathtaking views at The Needles.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. June in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, cruise along Ruins Road, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, then hike along Point Lookout Trail, and then hike along Knife Edge Trail.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 37°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Monument Valley.
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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. On the 6th (Tue), cruise along Monument Valley – Highway 163 Scenic Drive. On your second day here, cruise along Moki Dugway, explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge, and then admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Monument Valley itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Monument Valley dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.
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Capitol Reef National Park — 2 nights

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 8th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Capitol Reef National Park . Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fruita Schoolhouse, take a memorable drive along Notom Road Scenic Backway, then take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold, and finally hike along Chimney Rock Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Capitol Reef National Park in 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in June, with highs in Capitol Reef National Park at 30°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Escalante.
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Escalante — 2 nights

Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the activities along Coyote Gulch, identify plant and animal life at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lower Calf Creek Falls. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Escalante Heritage Center, take in breathtaking views at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Escalante tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Escalante are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Navajo Loop Trail and Willis Creek. Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Mossy Cave Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Three Wisemen, get great views at Fairyland Point, and hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. In June in Bryce Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Riverside Walk and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Watchman Trail and Kolob Terrace Road. Go for a jaunt from Zion National Park to Kanarraville to see Kanarra Falls about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Pa'rus Trail, take a memorable drive along Kolob Canyon Road, trek along Angel's Landing, and take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park route maker website.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Zion National Park at 40°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Assembly Hall.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, expect nights in Salt Lake City to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are slightly colder, around 37°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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