30 days in Western US Itinerary

30 days in Western US Itinerary

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30 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  19​h 30​min
1
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + Foot + Train + Bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  5​h 30​min
6
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Friends of the Elephant Seal and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Popular historic sites such as Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Hearst Castle are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Monterey to Big Sur to see McWay Falls about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monterey visit planner .

Sydney, Australia to Monterey is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -18 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Monterey, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Big Sur, Carmel, San Simeon, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
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Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mono Lake Vista Point. Take a break from Yosemite National Park with a short trip to Bodie State Historic Park in Bridgeport, about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Monterey to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. While traveling from Monterey, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mono Lake Vista Point, Bodie State Historic Park
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Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Mono Lake Vista Point ©
Mono Lake Vista Point
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Teton and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. There's still lots to do: hike along Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park holiday planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 18°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, Grand Teton
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Heritage Museum and then see a world frozen in time at St. Elmo. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sundance and Friends, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista trip website .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Buena Vista in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect Buena Vista to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Heritage Museum, St. Elmo
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River Rafting & Tubing
St. Elmo ©
St. Elmo
Heritage Museum ©
Heritage Museum

3
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.
Museum of International Folk Art and Georgia O'Keeffe Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Ghost Ranch. Change things up with a short trip to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge in Taos (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, view the masterpieces at Cruz Gallery, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, and contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Santa Fe online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Buena Vista to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect Santa Fe to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Ghost Ranch
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Ghost Ranch ©
Ghost Ranch
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Museum of International Folk Art ©

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Montezuma Castle National Monument and Downtown Historic Area are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Wupatki National Monument and Lowell Observatory. Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town (in Jerome) and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel (in Flagstaff). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and do a tasting at Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona online tour planner .

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. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Downtown Historic Area, Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
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Downtown Historic Area ©
Downtown Historic Area
Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town ©
Montezuma Castle National Monument ©

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Narrows and Angel's Landing. Explore Zion National Park's surroundings by going to Kanab (Best Friends Animal Sanctuary & Moqui Cave) and Bryce Canyon National Park (Inspiration Point & Navajo/Queens Garden Loop). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Zion National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Sedona in September, with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kanab, Bryce Canyon National Park
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

5
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get some cultural insight at Historic Route 66 Museum and Pinball Hall of Fame. Museum-lovers will appreciate Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection and Counts Kustoms. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: get curious at Bodies The Exhibition, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, and don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip maker .

Getting from Zion National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, you will find days in Las Vegas are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are much warmer (25°C). On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, Valley of Fire State Park, Historic Route 66 Museum
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Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection ©
Historic Route 66 Museum ©
Historic Route 66 Museum
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms

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