40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

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40 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Drive:  25​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  15​h
2
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
Great Basin National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
13
Yosemite National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  37​h
End: Asheville

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then take a memorable drive along Loop Road.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Badlands National Park road trip website .

Asheville to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Asheville, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Yellow Mounds Overlook ©
Yellow Mounds Overlook

3
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, stroll through Highline Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Badlands National Park in July, with highs in Glacier National Park at 85°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

6
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.
Get in touch with nature at Artist Point and Upper Geyser Basin. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, get to know the fascinating history of S Rim Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park holiday builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Glacier National Park in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Cascade Canyon Trail, stroll through Jenny Lake Trail, and then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park sightseeing planner .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. On the 10th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail

2
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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, trek along Double Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Windows. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, with highs in Arches National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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night
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, and finally hike along Pothole Point Trail.

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Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Canyonlands National Park are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Capitol Reef National Park .

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park itinerary planning site .

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In August, Capitol Reef National Park is little chillier than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then hike along Wildcat Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monument Valley vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 5.5 hours. In August, Monument Valley is a bit warmer than Capitol Reef National Park - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to North Kaibab Trail and South Kaibab Trail. On the 17th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get your bearings at Yavapai Point, stroll through Rim Trail, and get great views at Mather Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in August, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 20th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

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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.
Get in touch with nature at The Narrows and Zion's Main Canyon. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Angel's Landing and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 90°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): walk around Great Basin National Park, then Head underground at Lehman Caves, and then trek along Alpine Lakes Loop.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Great Basin National Park online attractions planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Great Basin National Park when traveling from Zion National Park in August, with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Great Basin National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lehman Caves ©
Lehman Caves
Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, hike along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Basin National Park to Yosemite National Park. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Great Basin National Park in August: high temperatures in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F and lows are around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

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