56 days in Western US Itinerary

56 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
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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
Bus to Seattle, 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
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Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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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
Drive
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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 Avalanche Lake. On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake McDonald, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and trek along Iceberg Lake Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park trip maker.

Detroit to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Glacier National Park, with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Relax by the water at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area and Nye Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Heceta Head Lighthouse (in Florence) and Yachats coastline (in Yachats). 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

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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 Battery Point Lighthouse. Visiting Trees of Mystery and Enderts Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crescent City: California Coastal Trail (in Redwood National Park) and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy (in Orick). There's more to do: stroll through Stout Grove.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Crescent City trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Newport to Crescent City by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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 Pfeiffer State Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Point Lobos and McWay Falls. Step out of Carmel with an excursion to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the views from Bixby Bridge, kick back and relax at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, 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 Muir Woods National Monument. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Grace Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Valley Chapel. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 Rialto Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Murhut Falls. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Storm King, stroll through Second Beach Trail, and trek along Hoh River Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Olympic National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for 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 Storm Point Trail. Visiting Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, head outdoors with Bridge Bay Marina, explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook, and get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online travel route builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. 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 Canyon Scenic Drive will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Angel's Landing and Zion's Main Canyon. 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 Shuttle.

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 taxi, bus, and car. 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 · Nature · Trails

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 Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 28th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Nature & Parks and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moab day trip planner.

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. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Moab. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel 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 South Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Trail and Cape Royal. 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 combination of car, flight, and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. 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 Oak Creek Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Slide Rock State Park 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 · Nature · Outdoors · 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. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of New Mexico History Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip app.

Getting from Sedona to Santa Fe by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in September: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 80°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

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

Side Trip