56 days in Western US Itinerary

56 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel route builder

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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Fly to Portland, Bus to Newport
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Newport
— 3 nights
Drive
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Crescent City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Bus to Reno, Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
Fly to Seattle/Boeing Field, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park

— 5 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Logan Pass and Highline Trail. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park route maker tool.

Detroit to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Heceta Head Lighthouse. Relax by the water at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and Nye Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Yachats (Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest & Yachats coastline). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Newport vacation planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Newport by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Newport. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, you will find days in Newport are cooler (63°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Crescent City

— 3 nights
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Stout Grove. Visiting Trees of Mystery and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy will get you outdoors. Step out of Crescent City with an excursion to California Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park--about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Battery Point Lighthouse and kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Crescent City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Newport to Crescent City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Crescent City sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Carmel River State Beach and Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and Pfeiffer State Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carmel: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & McWay Falls). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and trek along Scenic Road Walkway.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Carmel day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to Carmel takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in July: highs in Carmel hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, take a stroll through Union Square, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

Discover how to plan a San Francisco trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Panorama Trail, and hike along Lembert Dome.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around 43°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Olympic National Park

— 5 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Take a break from the city and head to Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Relax by the water at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Sol Duc Falls, stroll through Hoh River Trail, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park attractions tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Olympic National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be a bit warmer, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Visiting Grand Prismatic Spring and West Thumb Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, head outdoors with Bridge Bay Marina, and get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 38°F in Yellowstone National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Visiting The Narrows and Zion's Main Canyon will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Angel's Landing and Zion Shuttle. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park travel route planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Zion National Park at 90°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Dead Horse Point State Park and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Delicate Arch and Off-Road & ATV Trails. On the 28th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and see Off-Road Tours.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moab trip maker app.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Moab when traveling from Zion National Park in August, with lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Cape Royal will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like South Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Lipan Point, go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bright Angel Point, and hike along Tonto Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park holiday app.

Traveling by car from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Moab in August, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 80°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Rock and Slide Rock State Park. Explore hidden gems such as Oak Creek Canyon and Devil's Bridge Trail. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), trek along Airport Mesa, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and stroll through West Fork Oak Creek Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sedona online road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around 80°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Thu), see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Buena Vista in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 42°F. On the 12th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

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