9 days in Western US Itinerary

9 days in Western US Itinerary

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9 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Newark

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Millicent Rogers Museum and New Mexico History Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Canyon Road and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe visit planning site .

Newark to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Santa Fe. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 12th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Airport Mesa, and then trek along Devil's Bridge Trail. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, and then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sedona when traveling from Santa Fe in August, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Airport Mesa ©
Airport Mesa

3
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.
Get outdoors at Artist Point and Upper Geyser Basin. Change things up with a short trip to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip site .

Getting from Sedona to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Sedona in August, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

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