8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Fly to Montrose, Drive to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Moab, Fly to Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Fly

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Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll through Fiery Furnace and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive and then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Los Angeles to Arches National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Arches National Park. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in Arches National Park dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky, and then get great views at Grand View Point Overlook.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Capitol Reef National Park . On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at Little Wild Horse Canyon.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park road trip planning site.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in September, expect Capitol Reef National Park to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 40°F. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Take a break from Badlands National Park with a short trip to South Dakota's Original 1880 Town in Murdo, about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Capitol Reef National Park to Badlands National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in September; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.