39 days in Western US Itinerary

39 days in Western US Itinerary

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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Monterey
— 4 nights
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Portland
— 4 nights
5
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 4 nights
9
Durango
— 2 nights
10
Santa Fe
— 3 nights

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 out of the city life by going to Norris Geyser Basin and Gibbon Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to West Thumb Geyser Basin and Jenny Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip maker website.

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, temps between 66°F and 34°F. On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Norris Geyser Basin ©
Norris Geyser Basin
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake Vista Point. There's still lots to do: get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

Start your trip to Yosemite National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake Vista Point, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

4
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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Visit Asilomar State Beach and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Pfeiffer State Beach and Point Lobos. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: San Simeon (Friends of the Elephant Seal & Hearst Castle) and Big Sur (McWay Falls & Coast Gallery Big Sur). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, explore the activities along Monterey Bay, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Monterey trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you will find days in Monterey are little chillier (69°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, San Simeon, Carmel, Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

4
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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like International Police Museum and Lewis & Clark Salt Works. We've included these beaches for you: Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Astoria (Astoria Column & Columbia River Maritime Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stop by Powell's City of Books, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, and make a trip to Pittock Mansion.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Portland day trip planning website.

Fly from Monterey to Portland in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in July: highs in Portland hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls, Lewis & Clark Salt Works
Highlights from your plan
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area ©
International Police Museum ©
International Police Museum
Lewis & Clark Salt Works ©
Lewis & Clark Salt Works

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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 off the beaten path and head to Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Zion's Main Canyon. Get outdoors at Zion Shuttle and Zion National Park. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and hike along Angel's Landing.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary app.

Fly from Portland to Zion National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Zion National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in July: highs in Zion National Park hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle

5
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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Historic Old Town Cottonwood. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Helicopter Tours. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, approximately Camp Verde away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park, identify plant and animal life at Red Rock State Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, and hike along West Fork Oak Creek Trail.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sedona road trip website.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Sedona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Sedona. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Historic Old Town Cottonwood
Highlights from your plan
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Historic Old Town Cottonwood ©
Historic Old Town Cottonwood

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at South Kaibab Trail and Desert View Watchtower. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mather Point and Helicopter Tours. On the 21st (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's more to do: see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Sedona - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

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Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Climbing Tours and Colorado National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Delicate Arch and Pothole Arch. Go for a jaunt from Moab to Grand Junction to see Western Colorado Botanical Gardens about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moab vacation maker tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip maker.

Getting from Moab to Durango by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in July, things will get slightly colder in Durango: highs are around 86°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Traveler's Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, then make a trip to Canyon Road, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Santa Fe. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Palace of the Governors ©
Palace of the Governors
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art

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