27 days in Western US Itinerary

27 days in Western US Itinerary

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27 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area and Yosemite Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Tunnel View and Glacier Point. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Curry Village Ice Rink, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In December, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 9°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Head to The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetianfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and The Neon Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and stop by Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then hike along Angel's Landing.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in December, with highs in Zion National Park at 11°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyonlands National Park and Delicate Arch. Step out of the city life by going to Dead Horse Point State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. It doesn't end there: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in December; daily highs in Moab reach 3°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Monroe Gallery. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Santa Fe using our trip planner.

Getting from Moab to Santa Fe by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moab in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 8°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Walnut Canyon National Monument and Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, admire all the interesting features of Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sedona trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December, Sedona is a bit warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 14°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artist Point and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Visiting Upper Geyser Basin and Lamar Valley will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park) and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app .

Getting from Sedona to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sedona in January; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and de Young Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at NFL Shop Pier 39, and get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in January, things will get much hotter in San Francisco: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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