56 days in Western US Itinerary

56 days in Western US Itinerary

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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
2
Newport
— 3 nights
3
Crescent City
— 3 nights
4
Carmel
— 3 nights
5
San Francisco
— 4 nights
6
Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
7
Olympic National Park
— 5 nights
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
9
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
10
Moab
— 4 nights
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
12
Sedona
— 4 nights
13
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
14
Buena Vista
— 3 nights

5
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Take a break from the city and head to Going-to-the-Sun Road and Grinnell Glacier. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Logan Pass and Highline Trail. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Silver Staircase Falls, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park route maker tool.

Detroit to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Detroit in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 24:
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Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Avalanche Lake ©
Avalanche Lake

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Yachats coastline. Relax by the water at Nye Beach and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Newport: Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest (in Yachats) and Heceta Head Lighthouse (in Florence). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Yaquina Head Lighthouse, and take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Newport vacation planner.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Newport by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Newport. Traveling from Glacier National Park in July, you will find days in Newport are cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Crescent City.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yachats, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Heceta Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Nye Beach ©
Nye Beach
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area

3
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Enderts Beach. Visiting Trees of Mystery and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy will get you outdoors. Step out of Crescent City with an excursion to California Coastal Trail in Redwood National Park--about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Battery Point Lighthouse and trek along Stout Grove.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Crescent City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Newport to Crescent City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. July in Crescent City sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Redwood National Park, Trees of Mystery, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:
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Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. We've included these beaches for you: Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Carmel side-trips: Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach & McWay Falls). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, enjoy the sand and surf at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Scenic Road Walkway, and snap pictures at Bixby Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carmel road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to Carmel takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Crescent City in July, you will find days in Carmel are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Muir Woods National Monument and Grace Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, wander the streets of Union Square, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and don't miss a visit to Lombard Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner.

Drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in San Francisco are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:
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Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

6
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be slightly colder, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

5
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Take a break from the city and head to Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Relax by the water at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Hoh River Trail, stroll through Sol Duc Falls, admire the sheer force of Murhut Falls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park attractions tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Olympic National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 17:
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Sol Duc Falls ©
Sol Duc Falls
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

6
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.
Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Faithful and Monument Geyser Basin. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Petrified Tree, witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, trek along Storm Point Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, shuttle, and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of °F in Yellowstone National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

3
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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.
Visiting The Narrows and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Angel's Landing and Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park travel route planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Zion National Park at °F and lows at °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

4
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Dead Horse Point State Park and Delicate Arch will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. On the 28th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. The adventure continues: stroll through Nature & Parks and see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moab day trip planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or fly. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Moab. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

4
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Visiting South Kaibab Trail and Cape Royal will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Trail and Bright Angel Point. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Deer Creek Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Canyon Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

4
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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Rock and Devil's Bridge Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Oak Creek Canyon and Bell Rock. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park, stroll through West Fork Oak Creek Trail, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and trek along Broken Arrow Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sedona online road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, thenget to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, thendon't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, thenadmire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get little chillier in Santa Fe: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Thu), see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see a world frozen in time at Winfield, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista journey tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Buena Vista takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in September, with highs in Buena Vista at °F and lows at °F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:
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Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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