56 days in Western US Itinerary

56 days in Western US Itinerary

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56 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
7
Page
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Sedona
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
12
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Brisbane

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Muir Woods National Monument. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Armstrong Redwood State Reserve in Guerneville, approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel route builder site .

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. In June, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

7
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. Step out of the city life by going to Bodie State Historic Park and Tuolumne Meadows. There's still lots to do: get great views at Tunnel View, stroll through Wawona Meadow, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park route builder app .

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, hike along Partington Cove, then kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker site .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Carmel in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: highs in Carmel hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Cannery Row
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

3
nights
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 Titanic. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas and The Mob Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains, and try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Carmel to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Carmel in July, things will get much hotter in Las Vegas: highs are around 47°C and lows about 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Titanic ©
Titanic

4
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of the city life by going to Dead Horse Point State Park and Corona Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Sego Canyon Petroglyphs in Thompson--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Moab driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Moab takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Moab. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in July, with highs in Moab at 42°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Narrows and Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get in touch with nature at Angel's Landing and Zion's Main Canyon. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zion National Park: Inspiration Point (in Bryce Canyon National Park) and Parowan Gap Petroglyphs (in Parowan). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Moab to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in July: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 39°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lower Antelope Canyon and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Page side-trips: Navajo National Monument (in Shonto) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Marble Canyon). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Page trip maker site .

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, Page is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Navajo National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument

5
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.
Get outdoors at Bright Angel Trail and Bearizona Wildlife Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Hermit Trail, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Page in July: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walnut Canyon National Monument and Bell Rock. Wupatki National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, and take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sedona: highs are around 38°C and lows about 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

5
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.
Visiting Bandelier National Monument and Philmont Scout Ranch will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyon Road and Taos Pueblo. Go for a jaunt from Santa Fe to Taos to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, explore the striking landscape of Santa Fe National Forest, take a memorable drive along The Plaza, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in August, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 34°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe National Forest, Taos Pueblo, Philmont Scout Ranch, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

7
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Lamar Valley. Step off the beaten path and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Artist Point, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park travel route planning site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 25°C and 3°C. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

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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