38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Vail
— 5 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
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Bryce
— 5 nights
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 5 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 6 nights
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Vail

— 5 nights

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Venture out of the city with trips to Breckenridge (Sapphire Point Overlook & Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House), Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Independence Pass) and Climbing Tours (in Buena Vista). There's much more to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and go for a walk through Vail Pass Path.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vail visit planning app.

Saint Louis to Vail is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, Vail is colder than Saint Louis - with highs of 44°F and lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 6 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near South Lake Tahoe: Truckee River Bike Trail (in Tahoe City), Reno (Dorinda's Chocolates & National Automobile Museum) and Matt Heron Fly Fishing (in Olympic Valley). There's lots more to do: awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, admire the sheer force of Glen Alpine Falls, and take in the waterfront activity at North Tahoe Marina.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

Getting from Vail to South Lake Tahoe by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vail to South Lake Tahoe. When traveling from Vail in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in South Lake Tahoe: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Zion National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 4 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 8th (Wed) exploring nature at Canyon Overlook Trail. There's still lots to do: get great views at Observation Point, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, stroll through Angel's Landing, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

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Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Zion National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce

— 5 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryce: Scenic Byway 12 (in Escalante) and Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey). Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, surround yourself with nature on Red Canyon Trail Rides, trek along Queen's Garden Trail, and stroll through Navajo Loop Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bryce day trip planning website.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in June; daily highs in Bryce reach 79°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Monument Valley

— 3 nights
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. Step out of Monument Valley to go to Mexican Hat and see Muley Point Overlook, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, walk around Sandstone Tours, stroll through Wildcat Trail, and cruise along Moki Dugway.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley route builder tool.

You can drive from Bryce to Monument Valley in 4.5 hours. In June, Monument Valley is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Moab

— 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of Moab to go to Arches National Park and see Delicate Arch, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions, and hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab journey planning app.

Drive from Monument Valley to Moab in 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in June, with highs in Moab at 95°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Canyonlands National Park is known for nature, trails, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, hike along White Rim Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Shafer Canyon Overlook.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Canyonlands National Park are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Denver.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Denver

— 6 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Cascade (North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop & Pikes Peak - America's Mountain), The Emporium (in Castle Rock) and Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & Cheyenne Mountain Zoo). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver day trip planning site.

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Denver by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, with highs in Denver at 83°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.