56 days in Western US Itinerary

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Fly to San Francisco, Shuttle to Monterey
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Monterey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sedona
— 7 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
Fly
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Moab
— 7 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Cody
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Cody
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Fly to Portland, Bus to Newport
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Newport
— 3 nights
Bus to Eugene, Fly to Melbourne

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Monterey — 5 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step off the beaten path and head to Piedras Blancas and Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monterey: Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center (in San Simeon) and Big Sur (Bixby Bridge, Pfeiffer State Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Monterey trip itinerary website.

Melbourne, Australia to Monterey is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Monterey. In September, Monterey is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridalveil Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall and then trek along Mariposa Grove.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Monterey in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 7 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore hidden gems such as Historic Route 66 Museum and Titanic. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shelby American Inc and The National Atomic Testing Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton), Kingman Army Air Field Museum (in Kingman) and Chloride, Arizona (in Chloride). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Counts Kustoms, engage your brain at Bodies The Exhibition, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and stop by Las Vegas North Premium Outlets.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 25°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Narrows and Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, cruise along Zion Shuttle, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Las Vegas to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in September, you will find days in Zion National Park are slightly colder (34°C), and nights are much colder (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sedona.
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Sedona — 7 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some historical perspective at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Downtown Historic Area. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Historic Old Town Cottonwood. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Tuzigoot National Monument (in Clarkdale), Pillsbury Wine Company North (in Cottonwood) and Whiskey Row (in Prescott). There's lots more to do: cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Zion National Park to Sedona by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 7 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Bandelier National Monument. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Canyon Road and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Ghost Town (in Cerrillos) and Taos (High Road to Taos, Blumenschein Home & Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, and don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sedona in October; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 24°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Moab.
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Moab — 7 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canyonlands National Park and Colorado National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Arches National Park (Wolfe Ranch, Delicate Arch, &more). Make the 11th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balanced Rock Trail, head off-road at local off-road trails, and walk around Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Cody.
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Cody — 3 nights

Preferred Gateway to Yellowstone

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.
Old Trail Town and Buffalo Bill Center of the West are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cody Firearms Museum and Buffalo Bill Dam. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Beartooth Hwy, see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, don't miss a visit to Pahaska Tepee, and trek along Paul Stock Nature Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cody trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Moab to Cody by combination of car and flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Moab in October, with highs in Cody at 16°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 4 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 Grand Prismatic Spring and Yellowstone Lake. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Grand Loop Road, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Cody to Yellowstone National Park takes 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cody in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 9°C and lows at -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Jackson Hole.
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Jackson Hole — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Teton and Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools. When in Jackson Hole, make a side trip to see Jenny Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park, approximately Grand Teton National Park away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art, explore the activities along Jenny Lake, make a trip to Jackson Town Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laurance Rockefeller Preserve.

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Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 15°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Newport.
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Newport — 3 nights

A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Heceta Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Head Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Venture out of the city with trips to Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Bazalgette the Whale at Whale Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, view the masterpieces at Inscapes Gallery, take a leisurely stroll along Newport Bay Fishing Pier, and trek along Ocean to Bay Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Newport trip builder app.

Getting from Jackson Hole to Newport by combination of flight and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Newport when traveling from Jackson Hole in October, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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