26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Abilene
Drive:  5​h
1
Fritch
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Jensen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Moose
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
9
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h
10
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
12
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
14
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Abilene

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Fritch

Fritch ©
Fritch is a city in Hutchinson and Moore counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Cow Girls and Cowboys in the West and then explore the stunning scenery at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Fritch day trip website .

Abilene to Fritch is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Abilene in May, Fritch is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Fritch

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 5th (Sun), admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Fritch to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Fritch to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Fritch in May, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are little chillier (67°F), and nights are colder (32°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Outdoors Nature
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of North Rim.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, then take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Broken Arch. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Shafer Canyon Overlook and then explore the ancient world of Sego Canyon Petroglyphs.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 49°F in Arches National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jensen.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, Shafer Canyon Overlook
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Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch
Courthouse Towers ©
Courthouse Towers
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Shafer Canyon Overlook

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Jensen

Jensen ©
Jensen is a census-designated place in eastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dinosaur National Monument visitor center. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, contemplate the long history of McKee Springs Petroglyphs, and then delve into the distant past at McConkie Ranch. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Moonshine Arch, then admire the majestic nature at Red Fleet State Park, and then contemplate the long history of Josie Morris Cabin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jensen trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Jensen takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in May; daily highs in Jensen reach 70°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moose.

Things to do in Jensen

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Vernal
Highlights from your plan
Red Fleet State Park ©
Red Fleet State Park
Moonshine Arch ©
Moonshine Arch

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Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River, then explore the stunning scenery at Death Canyon, and then contemplate the long history of Mormon Row Historic District.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Moose online travel planner .

You can drive from Jensen to Moose in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Jensen in May; daily highs in Moose reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moose

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mormon Row Historic District ©
Mormon Row Historic District
Death Canyon ©
Death Canyon

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Yellowstone National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Moose to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moose in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at City Creek Canyon, then explore and take pictures at Temple Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Epic Brewing Company.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Salt Lake City journey builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 72°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
Epic Brewing Company ©
Epic Brewing Company

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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 16th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall, then stroll through Highline Trail, and then hike along Grinnell Glacier. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Lake, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Salt Lake City to Glacier National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, train, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Salt Lake City in May, with highs in Glacier National Park at 67°F and lows at 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Highline Trail ©
Highline Trail
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rainbow Point and Hidden Canyon. Step out of the city life by going to The Narrows and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Take a break from Zion National Park with a short trip to Pine Valley Chapel in Pine Valley, about 1h 05 min away.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in May: highs in Zion National Park hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Pine Valley Chapel, Rainbow Point
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Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park
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 21st (Tue), trek along Sunset Point Trail and then trek along Chimney Rock Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Capitol Reef National Park: highs are around 63°F and lows about 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

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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 22nd (Wed), get great views at Powell Point and then hike along Rim Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Jasper Forest Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Giant Logs, and then contemplate the long history of Puerco Pueblo.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Petrified Forest National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 4 hours. In May in Petrified Forest National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Petrified Forest National Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Logs ©
Giant Logs
Puerco Pueblo ©
Puerco Pueblo

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
On the 26th (Sun), hike along Devil's Hall Trail and then explore the activities along Smith Spring.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 9 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in May: highs in Guadalupe Mountains National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails

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