16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
On the 29th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip maker site .

Washington DC to Arches National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Arches National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect nights in Arches National Park to be little chillier, around 67°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 97°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Ticaboo Canyon and then hike along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lake Powell tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Lake Powell takes 9 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Arches National Park in July since evenings lows in Lake Powell dip to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Trails Outdoors
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2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 31st (Wed), stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, trek along Navajo Loop Trail, then get great views at Inspiration Point, and finally get great views at Paria View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bryce Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Lake Powell in July, plan for slightly colder days in Bryce Canyon National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing and then explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park online vacation builder .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 90°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then cruise along Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City, with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Room Escape Games
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

4
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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, trails, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, hike along Artist Point, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car. In August, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than Salt Lake City - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

3
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Transfiguration, trek along Taggart Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, and finally trek along Cascade Canyon Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Cascade Canyon Trail ©
Cascade Canyon Trail
Taggart Lake ©
Taggart Lake

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