36 days in Western US Itinerary

36 days in Western US Itinerary

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36 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Alton
Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
+4
Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle + Foot + Shuttle:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Alton

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The LINQ Promenade and Apocalypse Vegas. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Mesquite and see Wolf Creek Golf Club, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip, have fun at Strip Gun Club, make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and get your game on at Dig This.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas tour planner.

Alton to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Alton to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. In April, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than Alton - with highs of 80°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Wolf Creek Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zion National Park and Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch Access). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zion's Main Canyon and Dixie National Forest. Get out of town with these interesting Zion National Park side-trips: Kanab (Kanab Heritage Museum & Kanab Heritage House Museum). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at W Rim Trail, hike along Riverside Walk, and explore the striking landscape at Checkerboard Mesa.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in April: highs in Zion National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kanab, Dixie National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
Dixie National Forest ©
Dixie National Forest

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Lipan Point. Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and East Rim Drive will get you outdoors. Step out of Grand Canyon National Park to go to Tonalea Coconino County and see Elephant's Feet, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in April: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 62°F and lows are around 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Elephant's Feet
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Escape the urban bustle at Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Doe Mountain Trail and Fay Canyon Trail. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Rimrock (Montezuma Well & V-Bar-V Heritage Site), Coconino National Forest (in Flagstaff) and Lynx Lake Recreation Area (in Prescott). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stop by Trailhead Tea, take a memorable drive along Schnebly Hill Vista Overlook, and get a taste of the local shopping with Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona journey builder .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Sedona to be warmer, around 54°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rimrock, Lynx Lake Recreation Area, Coconino National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

5
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 Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Grand Geyser. Get in touch with nature at Grand Loop Road and Steamboat Geyser. Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Cascade Canyon & String Lake) and West Yellowstone (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Two Top). There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Porcelain Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Beryl Spring, and get great views at Observation Point Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Sedona to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. In May, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than Sedona - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Geyser ©
Steamboat Geyser
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Fort Point, then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and finally head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, and then play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Francisco online driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. When in Yosemite National Park, make a side trip to see Mono Lake Vista Point in Lee Vining, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, hike along Four Mile Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel route builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Mono Lake Vista Point
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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