34 days in Hot Springs, Elk City & Western US Itinerary

34 days in Hot Springs, Elk City & Western US Itinerary

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34 days in Hot Springs, Elk City & Western US Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h 45​min
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Hot Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Elk City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Sandia Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
13
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
14
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
15
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
16
Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
17
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
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Fly + bus + train:  9​h
End: Greensboro

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Grand Promenade and then admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Hot Springs itinerary maker tool .

Nashville to Hot Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In July in Hot Springs, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Elk City.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade
Lake Catherine State Park ©
Lake Catherine State Park

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Elk City

Elk City ©
Elk City is a city in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Old Town Museum and then examine the collection at National Route 66 Museum. On your second day here, immerse yourself in nature at Foss State Park, get outside with Black Kettle National Grassland, and then contemplate the long history of Washita Battlefield Visitor Center.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Elk City trip website .

Getting from Hot Springs to Elk City by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. In July, daily temperatures in Elk City can reach 95°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Elk City

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Foss State Park, Black Kettle National Grassland, Washita Battlefield Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Museum ©
Old Town Museum
Foss State Park ©
Foss State Park
Black Kettle National Grassland ©
Black Kettle National Grassland

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph National Monument and then enjoy some diversion at Albuquerque Isotopes Baseball.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Elk City to Albuquerque with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sandia Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest
La Luz Trail ©
La Luz Trail

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Sandia Park

Sandia Park
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sandia Park trip site .

Sandia Park is just a stone's throw from Albuquerque. July in Sandia Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sandia Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

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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.
On the 10th (Wed), hike along South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio and then trek along Rim Trail.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planning app .

Getting from Sandia Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sandia Park in July: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
On the 12th (Fri), get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Spring Mountains Visitor Center and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip builder tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 104°F by day to 81°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Page.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
The Strip ©
The Strip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Big Lake Trading Post. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Page itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Page in 5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Page. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get slightly colder in Page: highs are around 98°F and lows about 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
On the 17th (Wed), explore the stunning scenery at Ticaboo Canyon and then trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lake Powell tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Page to Lake Powell takes 5 hours. July in Lake Powell sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., trot along with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Powell to Monument Valley takes 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lake Powell in July: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 90°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, then trek along Double Arch, and then admire all the interesting features of Delicate Arch. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Broken Arch.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Arches National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in July; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 21st (Sun), push the limits with an extreme tour. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Scenic Byway of Highway 128 and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Moab sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Moab in an hour. In July in Moab, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Scenic Byway of Highway 128
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Warner Point and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park holiday site .

Getting from Moab to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in July, things will get slightly colder in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: highs are around 89°F and lows about 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, expect Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be slightly colder, temps between 83°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 26th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, cruise along Old Fall River Road, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bryce Amphitheatre, then explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Fairyland Loop Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In July, Bryce Canyon National Park is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 48°F. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 1st (Thu), hike along White Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Shafer Canyon Overlook, then take some stellar pictures from Whale Rock, and then take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Canyonlands National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
White Rim Road ©
White Rim Road
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Provo Canyon and then trek along Sundance Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): find something for the whole family at George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Historic 25th Street, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple.

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You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Salt Lake City in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Ogden, Sundance Resort, Provo Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
Provo Canyon ©
Provo Canyon