28 days in Western US Itinerary

28 days in Western US Itinerary

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28 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h
4
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Page
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
End: Houston

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hayden Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. Step out of the city life by going to Artist Point and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Solitary Geyser, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Artists’ Paintpots.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip website .

Houston to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Houston in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Exploratorium and Union Square. Explore hidden gems such as Twin Peaks and Grace Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of SoMa, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary app .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco by combination of car and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentinel Dome and El Capitan. Take a break from the city and head to Vernal Fall and Tunnel View. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Four Mile Trail, and hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (66°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Colorado National Monument. Get in touch with nature at Delicate Arch and River Rafting & Tubing. On the 14th (Mon), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Canyonlands National Park. There's more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip maker app .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Moab takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Moab. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Moab, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sunset Point and Bright Angel Point. Get in touch with nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Take a break from Page with a short trip to Grand Canyon South Rim in Grand Canyon National Park, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Page trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moab to Page in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Moab in October since evenings lows in Page dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Airport Mesa and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Walnut Canyon National Monument and Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Bearizona Wildlife Park in Williams, approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Devil's Bridge Trail, don't miss a visit to Sedona Airport Overlook, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona route planner.

You can drive from Page to Sedona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. October in Sedona sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bearizona Wildlife Park, 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
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.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Museum of International Folk Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Palace of the Governors and Santa Fe Plaza. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, wander the streets of Barrio de Analco, explore the galleries of San Miguel Chapel, and witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In October, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Sedona - with highs of 69°F and lows of 41°F. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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