8 days in Western US Itinerary

8 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online trip planner.

Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get much colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 53°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are much warmer (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Las Vegas

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then visit The LINQ Promenade, and then examine the collection at The Neon Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip builder website.

Getting from San Francisco to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle and then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Zion National Park to be colder, around 41°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Durango.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Durango trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Durango takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, car, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Durango: highs are around 68°F and lows about 35°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.