32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Moab
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
6
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Shuttle:  6​h
7
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Family-friendly places like Pike Place Market and Space Needle will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Chihuly Garden and Glass and LeMay - America's Car Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seattle: Ed Munro Seahurst Park (in Burien) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, kick back and relax at Alki Beach, and look for gifts at Chukar Cherries.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle online travel planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. August in Seattle sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

LeMay - America's Car Museum, Snoqualmie Falls, Seahurst Beach Park
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Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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.
Visiting Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Avalanche Lake will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hidden Lake and Logan Pass. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glacier National Park: Whitefish Mountain Resort (in Whitefish) and Home Ranch Bottoms (in Polebridge). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grinnell Glacier and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Seattle to Glacier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Glacier National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Seattle in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Hidden Lake, Home Ranch Bottoms, Whitefish Mountain Resort
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Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

5
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Observation Point and Cedar Breaks National Monument. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Zion's Main Canyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Zion National Park: Springdale (Sorella Gallery & Canyoning & Rappelling Tours). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Emerald Pools, tour the pleasant surroundings at Weeping Rock Trail, and explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Glacier National Park to Zion National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Springdale, Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center
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Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

4
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Sunset Point and Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Canyon, stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, and trek along Navajo Loop Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Canyon, Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area

4
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Off-Road & ATV Trails and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Double Arch and Island in the Sky. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park) and Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park). There's more to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moab day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park route planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In August, daily temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

4
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get some cultural insight at Millicent Rogers Museum and La Hacienda del los Martinez. Escape the urban bustle at Philmont Scout Ranch and High Road to Taos. Venture out of the city with trips to Columbine Campground (in Red River) and Cimarron Canyon State Park (in Eagle Nest). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Taos trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Taos in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August; daily highs in Taos reach 32°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Columbine Campground, Cimarron Canyon State Park, Philmont Scout Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore New Mexico History Museum and Museum of International Folk Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Plaza and El Santuario de Chimayo. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Bradbury Science Museum), Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, browse the exhibits of San Miguel Chapel, shop like a local with Rainbow Man, and look for gifts at Nambe Trading Post.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo, Santa Fe National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

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