53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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53 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cincinnati
Drive:  5​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
White Sands
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
10
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
11
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Jackson Hole
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h
13
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
14
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
15
Keystone
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Cincinnati

5
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Springs (United States Air Force Academy & Garden of the Gods) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver driving holiday planner.

Cincinnati to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Denver. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Cincinnati in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday builder site .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to White Sands.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Horseback Riding Tours

3
nights
White Sands

White Sands ©
White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of White Sands with an excursion to Sombra Antigua Winery in Chamberino--about 50 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Wed) exploring nature at Aguirre Spring Campground. Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument and get great views at San Agustin Pass.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our White Sands trip itinerary planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to White Sands. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in White Sands

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Organ, Sombra Antigua Winery
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Aguirre Spring Campground ©
Aguirre Spring Campground
San Agustin Pass ©
San Agustin Pass

4
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Take a break from Carlsbad Caverns National Park with a short trip to Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, explore the activities along Green Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planning website .

Drive from White Sands to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Guadalupe Peak
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Phoenix is known for museums, parks, nature, zoos & aquariums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, see Off-Road Tours, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and gear up at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix trip tool .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Phoenix by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Phoenix: highs are around 99°F and lows about 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Balloon Rides

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 12th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, look for gifts at Cocopah, and then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and finally make a trip to 911 Memorial.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sedona trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): get great views at Mather Point and then stroll through Rim Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker site .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Angel's Landing and then stroll through The Narrows. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zion National Park online travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

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

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.
Bryce Canyon National Park is known for trails, nature, shopping, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 70°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, make a trip to Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, make a trip to Partition Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Arches National Park at 84°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Arches National Park

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

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Art at the Main Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City visit planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Arches National Park to Salt Lake City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. September in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

13
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Hell's Half Acre (in Idaho Falls), Yellowstone Bear World (in Rexburg) and Pinedale (Museum of the Mountain Man, Skyline Scenic Drive, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, and hit the slopes at Rendezvous Mountain.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole tour itinerary site .

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, you will find days in Jackson Hole are little chillier (68°F), and nights are cooler (38°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Victor, Pinedale, Driggs, Grand Targhee Ski Resort, Harriman State Park
Highlights from your plan
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake

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nights
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.
On the 9th (Wed), cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Teton, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip planner.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about an hour. In October, daily temperatures in Grand Teton National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then explore and take pictures at Artist Point. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

3
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel, Wildlife Loop Road, & more). There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, and take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Keystone trip planning tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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