31 days in Western US Itinerary

31 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel planner
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Glacier National Park
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Olympic National Park
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Portland
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 day
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Moab
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Aspen
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Glacier National Park — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake McDonald and Siyeh Pass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Granite Park Trail and Bullhead Lake. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip builder tool.

Detroit to Glacier National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Detroit to Glacier National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in July, Glacier National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
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Olympic National Park — 1 night

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Olympus and then take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park visit app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Glacier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Glacier National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Olympic National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Portland.
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Portland — 2 nights

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by Powell's City of Books, admire the majestic nature at Bridal Veil Falls, and then trek along Angels Rest Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Willamette River Trail, admire the natural beauty at Hoyt Arboretum, and then hike along Powell Butte Nature Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland holiday builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Portland. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in July; daily highs in Portland reach 83°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 1 day

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, trek along Lands End, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a San Francisco trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Portland to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Portland, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 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 outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. On the 24th (Sun), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy, then admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, and then stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park and then trek along Big Stump Basin.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 98°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Sedona.
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Sedona — 2 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get outdoors at Oak Creek Canyon and Snoopy Rock. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Doe Mountain Trail and Huckaby Trail. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, view the masterpieces at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden, hike along Brin's Mesa Trail, and immerse yourself in nature at Crescent Moon Picnic Site.

Start your trip to Sedona by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Sedona in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Sedona. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July: highs in Sedona hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): shop like a local with Lookout Studio, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip app.

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in July, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 3 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zion Shuttle and Checkerboard Mesa. Escape the urban bustle at Pa'rus Trail and Kayenta Trail. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, get outside with The Subway, trek along Riverside Walk, and stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. In July, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 1 night

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Bryce Amphitheatre, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To plan Bryce Canyon National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Moab.
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Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Balanced Rock Trail and then cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Moab day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 92°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.
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Aspen — 2 nights

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Lost Man Trail. Get in touch with nature at Grottos Trail and Castle Creek Road. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Aspen Music Festival and School, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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

Getting from Moab to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Moab in August, with highs in Aspen at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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