31 days in Western US Itinerary

31 days in Western US Itinerary

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31 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
4
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
7
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+4
taxi + bus + subway + Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
9
Newport
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Kalamazoo

2
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve and Grand Teton. Explore hidden gems such as Teton Raptor Center and Blacktail Ponds Overlook. There's still lots to do: stroll through Cascade Canyon Trail and make a trip to Town Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole day trip planner .

Kalamazoo to Jackson Hole is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Jackson Hole is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kalamazoo in July since evenings lows in Jackson Hole dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Blacktail Ponds Overlook
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center

1
night
West Yellowstone

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get to know the fascinating history of Yellowstone Historic Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone planner .

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to West Yellowstone takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, West Yellowstone is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center ©
Yellowstone Historic Center

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Firehole Canyon Drive and Artist Point. Get in touch with nature at Midway Geyser Basin and Upper Geyser Basin. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser, and explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from West Yellowstone to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Yellowstone National Park are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Escape the urban bustle at Double Arch and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Windows and Double Arch. Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, about 38 minutes away. Make the 11th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. And it doesn't end there: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Moab trip planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Moab by combination of car and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, Moab is much warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 97°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch

4
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.
Visiting North Kaibab Trail and Mather Point will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 14th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in July, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Walnut Canyon National Monument, then explore the fascinating underground world of Lava River Cave, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff day trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Painted Desert
Highlights from your plan
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Step out of the city life by going to Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to McWay Falls in Big Sur--about 56 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Fri) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Carmel online route maker .

You can fly from Flagstaff to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Flagstaff to Carmel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Flagstaff in July, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (69°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Big Sur, Monterey, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, trek along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carmel to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. When traveling from Carmel in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

2
nights
Newport

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Gleneden Beach State Park and Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Hobbit Trail (in Florence) and Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Smelt Sands State Park). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and grab your bike and head to Mike Miller Park.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Newport in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for cooler days and about the same nights in Newport: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Depoe Bay, Yachats, Mike Miller Park, Gleneden Beach State Park, Hobbit Trail
Highlights from your plan

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Manzanita Beach and Rockaway Beach Wayside. Step off the beaten path and head to Ecola State Park and Hug Point State Recreation Site. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Hug Point State Park, stroll through Cannon Beach, kick back and relax at Haystack Rock, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Cannon Beach day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Newport to Cannon Beach takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Newport in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Manzanita Beach, Rockaway Beach Wayside, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

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