26 days in Western US Itinerary

26 days in Western US Itinerary

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26 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly:  9​h
1
Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
7
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
+3
taxi + Fly + tram + bus:  6​h 45​min
8
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
+2
bus + tram + Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Olympic National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
10
Jackson Hole
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
West Yellowstone
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take a peaceful walk through Coconino National Forest, then admire all the interesting features of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, then examine the collection at Museum of Northern Arizona, and finally identify plant and animal life at Lava River Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally look for gifts at Olive the Best Oils and Vinegars of Flagstaff.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Flagstaff trip itinerary maker tool .

Raleigh to Flagstaff is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Raleigh to Flagstaff, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Raleigh in July, expect Flagstaff to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Page.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sedona
Highlights from your plan
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 8th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam, take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, then snap pictures at Navajo Bridge, then explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and finally take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Page trip maker website .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Page in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. While traveling from Flagstaff, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Page, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glen Canyon Dam, Navajo Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Navajo Bridge ©
Navajo Bridge

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then trek along Park Avenue Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get interesting insight from Tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Moab online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Page to Moab in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Page in July, Moab is a bit cooler at night with lows of 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Park Avenue Trail
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hike along Lily Pad Lake, then explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Breckenridge Welcome Center.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge online trip maker .

You can drive from Moab to Breckenridge in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Moab in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vail, Lily Pad Lake, River Rafting & Tubing, Dillon Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Lily Pad Lake ©
Lily Pad Lake
River Rafting & Tubing

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Glacier Point. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get great views at Valley View, trek along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Breckenridge to Yosemite National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Breckenridge to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

1
night
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 17th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, explore the striking landscape of Muir Woods National Monument, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and finally explore the striking landscape of Alcatraz Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, then appreciate the views at Logan Pass, then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Francisco to Glacier National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Glacier National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

1
night
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the sheer force of Young River Falls, explore the striking landscape of The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks, then immerse yourself in nature at Oswald West State Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Manzanita Beach. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Ecola State Park, then kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, and finally explore and take pictures at Astoria Column.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Cannon Beach vacation builder .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Glacier National Park in July, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Manzanita Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column

1
night
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 23rd (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, cruise along Hurricane Ridge, and then hike along Second Beach Trail. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Marymere Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Olympic National Park planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Olympic National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Marymere Falls
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

1
night
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 25th (Thu), cruise along Moose Wilson Road, identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, make a trip to Antler Arches of Jackson, then take in the exciting artwork at Mangelsen Images of Nature, then examine the collection at National Museum of Wildlife Art, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Thal Glass Studio.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Jackson Hole. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Olympic National Park in July, you will find days in Jackson Hole are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are slightly colder (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Moose Wilson Road
Highlights from your plan
Mangelsen Images of Nature ©
Mangelsen Images of Nature
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

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nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Two Top, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yellowstone Historic Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Madison Avenue Old Time Photos, look for gifts at Send it Home, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then explore the activities along Hebgen Lake, and finally explore the activities along Earthquake Lake.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip maker .

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, plan for little chillier nights in West Yellowstone, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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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.
On the 28th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, and then make a trip to Artist Point.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 39°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

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