35 days in Death Valley National Park, Phoenix & Central Arizona & Idaho Itinerary

35 days in Death Valley National Park, Phoenix & Central Arizona & Idaho Itinerary

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Fly to Las Vegas, Drive to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 8 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Phoenix
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Phoenix
— 9 nights
Fly
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Boise
— 5 nights
Drive
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Twin Falls
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arco
— 1 night
Drive
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Ketchum
— 3 nights
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Drive to Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Fly to Spokane International Airport, Drive to Coeur d'Alene
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Coeur d'Alene
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park

— 8 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, get great views at Dante's View, stroll through Gower Gulch Loop, and explore the striking landscape at Ubehebe Crater.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Portland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Portland in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Phoenix

— 9 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phoenix: Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery (in Chandler), Gilbert (Discovery Park & Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ) and Scottsdale (Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons, Taliesin West, &more). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain, see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and explore the world behind art at Heard Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Death Valley National Park to Phoenix in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Phoenix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October; daily highs in Phoenix reach 91°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to fly to Boise.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Boise

— 5 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Boise is known for parks, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Boise River Greenbelt, get a sense of history and politics at Idaho State Capitol Building, browse the different shops at The Village at Meridian, and see the interesting displays at Warhawk Air Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Boise journey planner.

Getting from Phoenix to Boise by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in November; daily highs in Boise reach 49°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Twin Falls.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Twin Falls

— 3 nights
Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. When in Twin Falls, make a side trip to see Miracle Hot Springs in Buhl, approximately Buhl away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Shoshone Falls, hike along Rock Creek Park, see some colorful creatures with AWOL Adventure Sports, and take in the views from Perrine Bridge.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Twin Falls trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Boise to Twin Falls in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Twin Falls can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Arco.

Things to do in Twin Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Arco

— 1 night
Arco is a city in Butte County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Craters of the Moon National Monument, walk around Bottolfsen Park, then examine the collection at Lost Rivers Museum, and finally examine the collection at EBR-1.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arco travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Twin Falls to Arco takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Twin Falls in November: highs in Arco hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ketchum.

Things to do in Arco

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Ketchum

— 3 nights
Ketchum is a city in Blaine County, Idaho, United States, in the central part of the state. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ketchum: Stanley (Stanley Lake, Stanley Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Sawtooth Wilderness Area, stroll the grounds of Ketchum Cemetery, explore the landscape on two wheels at Wood River Trail, and head outdoors with Fly Sun Valley.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ketchum holiday maker.

You can drive from Arco to Ketchum in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in November, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Coeur d'Alene.

Things to do in Ketchum

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Coeur d'Alene

— 5 nights
Coeur d'Alene is the largest city and county seat of Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Sandpoint (Sandpoint City Beach, Pend Oreille Scenic Byway, &more). The adventure continues: test your team's savvy at 59:Escape Room Adventures, stroll through Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, trek along Falls Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at Timberline Adventures.

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Explore your travel options from Ketchum to Coeur d'Alene with the Route module. Traveling from Ketchum to Coeur d'Alene, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Coeur d'Alene are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Coeur d'Alene

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Phoenix & Central Arizona travel guide

4.4
Gardens · Specialty Museums · Golf Courses

Idaho travel guide

4.5
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.