43 days in Western US Itinerary

43 days in Western US Itinerary

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San Simeon
— 1 night
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
3
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
4
Page
— 4 nights
5
Sedona
— 4 nights
6
Santa Fe
— 1 night
7
Moab
— 3 nights
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
9
Cannon Beach
— 1 night
10
San Francisco
— 4 nights
11
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights

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San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Hearst Castle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Simeon trip planning website.

Los Angeles to San Simeon is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in May: highs in San Simeon hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and The LINQ Promenade. Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Las Vegas in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Las Vegas when traveling from San Simeon in May, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Strip ©
The Strip

4
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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.
Visiting Zion National Park and Zion's Main Canyon will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Angel's Landing and Canyon Overlook Trail. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at The Narrows. It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zion National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in May, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

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

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mather Point and Rim Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Page: Kolb Studio (in Grand Canyon National Park) and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (in Monument Valley). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The adventure continues: have fun at Gunfighter Canyon.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Page holiday tool.

Traveling by combination of car and shuttle from Zion National Park to Page takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Page. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Escape the urban bustle at Bell Rock and Wupatki National Monument. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Bearizona Wildlife Park (in Williams), Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park) and Flagstaff (Walnut Canyon National Monument & Lowell Observatory). There's still lots to do: trek along Oak Creek Canyon, stroll through Devil's Bridge Trail, contemplate the long history of Montezuma Castle National Monument, and don't miss a visit to Sedona Airport Overlook.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sedona using our trip planner.

You can drive from Page to Sedona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. May in Sedona sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Bearizona Wildlife Park, Painted Desert, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

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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), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, thenexamine the collection at Palace of the Governors, thenexamine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): visit Barrio de Analco, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at ten thousand waves.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sedona to Santa Fe by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, Santa Fe is a bit cooler than Sedona - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dead Horse Point State Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Canyonlands National Park and Colorado National Monument. Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Moab travel route tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Moab takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect nights in Moab to be about the same, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Arch, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument

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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 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. Explore hidden gems such as Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. Take a break from Yellowstone National Park with a short trip to Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner, about 2h 15 min away. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Fairy Falls. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Washburn, and cruise along Lamar Valley.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip builder.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, shuttle, and bus. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Moab in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Cannon Beach, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Ecola State Park, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Haystack Rock, and finally pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Oswald West State Park, admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, thenlearn something new at Columbia River Maritime Museum, and finally take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Cannon Beach route tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Cannon Beach in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. 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 somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Cannon Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Astoria
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Ecola State Park ©
Ecola State Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and Grace Cathedral. Golden Gate Bridge and SS Jeremiah O'Brien will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Moss Landing) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Next up on the itinerary: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Cannon Beach to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. The adventure continues: hike along Mariposa Grove, look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, and don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (°F), and nights are slightly colder (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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