31 days in Western US Itinerary

31 days in Western US Itinerary

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Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
10
Moab
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
11
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Washington DC

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Old Faithful and Storm Point Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Yellowstone National Park, get outside with Morning Glory Pool, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Zion National Park and Angel's Landing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Canyon Overlook Trail, trek along The Narrows, take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, and cruise along Zion Shuttle.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip builder.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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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.
The Neon Museum and Titanic are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Counts Kustoms. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, engage your brain at Bodies The Exhibition, and shop like a local with The Strip.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (87°F), and nights are warmer (64°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms

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night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 21st (Thu), explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ansel Adams Gallery and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Nevada Falls Loop, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and explore the striking landscape at El Capitan.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are colder (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Falls Loop ©
Nevada Falls Loop
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castello di Amorosa and Asian Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and St. Helena (Moone Tsai Winery, Modus Operandi Cellars, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at de Young Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, take a tour of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and visit Fisherman's Wharf.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco driving holiday site.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in San Francisco when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

St. Helena, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Point Lobos, thenexplore the activities along Monterey Bay, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, thenadmire the sheer force of McWay Falls, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Monterey travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Get in touch with nature at Bell Rock and Devil's Bridge Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: hike along Boynton Canyon Trail, stroll through Airport Mesa, identify plant and animal life at Red Rock State Park, and cruise along Oak Creek Canyon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona journey app.

You can fly from Monterey to Sedona in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Monterey in May, you will find days in Sedona are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

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nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Kolb Studio will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in June, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are colder with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Explore hidden gems such as Dead Horse Point State Park and Mesa Arch. Escape the urban bustle at Delicate Arch and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Moab, make a side trip to see Island in the Sky in Canyonlands National Park, approximately Canyonlands National Park away. There's much more to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature & Parks, take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moab online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Moab at 95°F and lows at 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park, Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

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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 Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. Step off the beaten path and head to Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo to see Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, explore the galleries of Keshi, and don't miss a visit to Canyon Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Moab to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Moab in June; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 89°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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