39 days in Western US Itinerary

39 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 4 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 4 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Moab
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Norris Geyser Basin and Gibbon Falls. Take a break from the city and head to West Thumb Geyser Basin and Jenny Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Grand Loop Road, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online visit planner.

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In June, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than Washington DC - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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 El Capitan. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake Vista Point. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and hike along Mariposa Grove.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, 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, expect Yosemite National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Monterey

— 4 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. 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 Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Hearst Castle (in San Simeon) and Big Sur (McWay Falls & Coast Gallery Big Sur). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, kick back and relax at Carmel River State Beach, immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and explore the activities along Monterey Bay.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Monterey tour site.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Portland.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Portland

— 4 nights

City of Roses

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 Columbia River Maritime Museum. We've included these beaches for you: Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Astoria Column (in Astoria), Lewis & Clark Salt Works (in Seaside) and Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil). 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 3.5 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 catch the flight to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Zion's Main Canyon. Get outdoors at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and Angel's Landing. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point and cruise along Zion Shuttle.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in July, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

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 Broken Arrow Trail. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, approximately Camp Verde away. The adventure continues: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and trek along Airport Mesa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip planner.

Fly from Zion National Park to Sedona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, Sedona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 Off-Road Tours. On the 21st (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. It doesn't end there: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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 travel to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

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 Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Delicate Arch and Pothole Arch. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Colorado National Monument, get outside with Outdoor Activities, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Moab at 97°F and lows at 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 · Nature

Side Trips

Durango

— 2 nights
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 · Winter Sports

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

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 do a combination of car and 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping