27 days in Western US Itinerary

27 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly
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Moab
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Kids will appreciate attractions like Vernal Fall and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. The adventure continues: hike along Panorama Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation app.

Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Plan for colder nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Logan Pass and Iceberg Lake Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Avalanche Lake and Going-to-the-Sun Road. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park tour itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Glacier National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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.
Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at West Thumb Geyser Basin and Castle Geyser. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hellroaring Creek Trailhead, head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Monument Geyser Basin.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip builder.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Santa Fe is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get in touch with nature at Off-Road Tours and Off-Road & ATV Trails. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Climbing Tours and Dead Horse Point State Park. Step out of Moab to go to Arches National Park and see Delicate Arch, which is approximately 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Moab tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in August; daily highs in Moab reach 92°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rim Trail and Inner Canyon. On the 20th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Moab - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park, and then explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 89°F and lows are around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors