52 days in Western US Itinerary

52 days in Western US Itinerary

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52 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Huntsville
Drive:  20​h
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Sedona
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Page
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Arches National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cody
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
9
Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
10
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Tram + Fly + Subway + Bus + Taxi:  12​h
11
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  35​h
End: Huntsville

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Millicent Rogers Museum and El Santuario de Chimayo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola), San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos) and Kit Carson Home & Museum (in Taos). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Ghost Ranch, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planning app .

Huntsville to Santa Fe is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Huntsville to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Huntsville in June, plan for little chillier nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Taos, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Ghost Ranch, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

6
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Visit Riordan Mansion State Historic Park and Whiskey Row for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Lava River Cave and Montezuma Well. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sedona: Sharlot Hall Museum (in Prescott), Jerome (Douglas Mansion, Jerome State Historic Park, & more) and Clarkdale (Tuzigoot National Monument & Arizona Copper Art Museum). There's still lots to do: hike along Doe Mountain Trail, examine the collection at Museum of Northern Arizona, explore the ancient world of Palatki Ruins, and stroll through Fay Canyon Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sedona vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Santa Fe to Sedona in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in June since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 68°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Page.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Jerome, Clarkdale, Prescott, Historic Old Town Cottonwood
Highlights from your plan
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail

4
nights
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 outdoors at Temple of Sinawava Trail and Hidden Canyon. Step off the beaten path and head to Queen's Garden Trail and Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sand Hollow State Park (in Hurricane), Natural Bridge (in Bryce) and Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor (in Virgin). There's still lots to do: stroll through Court of the Patriarchs and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Sedona to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in June, Zion National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, Sand Hollow State Park, Queen's Garden Trail, Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

4
nights
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 Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Hermit Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lone Rock Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Page: Grand Canyon National Park (Desert View Watchtower & Hopi Point). There's more to do: go for a stroll along the water at Antelope Point Marina Village and take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Page trip planner .

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Page when traveling from Zion National Park in June, with lows around 69°F. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Lone Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Ruins Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): try to win big at Ute Mountain Casino, see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then admire all the interesting features of Majestic Dude Ranch, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Page to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. When traveling from Page in June, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trips

Towaoc, Four Corners Monument, Majestic Dude Ranch, Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., Shiprock Rock Formation
Highlights from your plan
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch
Step House ©
Step House

4
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Castle Valley and Slickrock Bike Trail. Hermosa Vineyards and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Colorado National Monument (in Fruita), Palisade (Talon Winery, Meadery of the Rockies, & more) and Moab (Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, RedRock Astronomy, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Park Avenue Trail, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Double O Arch.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park road trip site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Arches National Park dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Moab, Palisade, Colorado National Monument, White Rim Trail, Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail

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.
Visit S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail for their historical value. Get outdoors at Oxbow Bend and Jenny Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Jenny Lake Trail, 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, & more). There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, take a memorable drive along Firehole Canyon Drive, and hike along Artist Point.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park route planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arches National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 66°F and lows at 34°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole
Highlights from your plan
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road

4
nights
Cody

A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Draper Natural History Museum and Old West Miniature Village and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chief Joseph Hwy and Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Cody: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (in Lovell) and Wild Bill Lake (in Red Lodge). There's lots more to do: see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, explore the world behind art at Whitney Gallery, look for gifts at Wayne's Boot Shop, and admire the sheer force of The Buffalo Bill Reservoir.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cody online trip maker .

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: high temperatures in Cody hover around 84°F and lows are around 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Red Lodge, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Chief Joseph Hwy
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Draper Natural History Museum ©
Draper Natural History Museum

5
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.
Get outdoors at Virginia Falls and Swiftcurrent Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Trail of the Cedars and Avalanche Lake. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Polebridge to see Home Ranch Bottoms about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Highline Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Two Medicine Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Running Eagle Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Cody to Glacier National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Cody in July, Glacier National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Home Ranch Bottoms
Highlights from your plan
Two Medicine Lake ©
Two Medicine Lake
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Manzanita Beach and Oswald West State Park. Get outdoors at The Lewis And Clark National And State Historical Parks and Cape Lookout State Park. Explore Cannon Beach's surroundings by going to Cranberry Museum (in Long Beach), Ilwaco (North Head Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, & more) and Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area (in Pacific City). The adventure continues: hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, immerse yourself in nature at Nehalem Bay State Park, enjoy the sea views from Lightship Columbia, and pause for some photo ops at Astoria Column.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Cannon Beach trip itinerary maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Cannon Beach. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in July: highs in Cannon Beach hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Astoria, Ilwaco, Manzanita Beach, Cranberry Museum, Cape Lookout State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area ©
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

5
nights
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 some historical perspective at Bodie State Historic Park and Bodie. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olmsted Point and Travertine Hot Spring. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yosemite National Park: Mercer Caverns (in Murphys), Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions (in Columbia) and Kirkwood Mountain Resort (in Kirkwood). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, try to win big at Black Oak Casino, hike along Merced Grove, and tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park tour website .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cannon Beach to Yosemite National Park in 12 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Cannon Beach in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (82°F), and nights are little chillier (45°F). On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sonora, Bridgeport, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Mercer Caverns, Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions
Highlights from your plan
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
Olmsted Point ©
Olmsted Point

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