16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US tour planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
2
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Sedona
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly
8
Moab
— 3 nights
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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 29th (Sat): walk around Golden Gate Park, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then go for a walk through Lombard Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, and then go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker tool.

Calgary, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Calgary to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in April, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Find places to stay Apr 29 — 30:

Yosemite National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and finally admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip builder.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in April: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 1:

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, and finally make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay May 1 — 2:

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, then don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder tool.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay May 2 — 4:

Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Off-Road Tours. On the 5th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sedona.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:

Sedona — 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Rock and Broken Arrow Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale) and Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde). There's still lots to do: trek along Devil's Bridge Trail, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona tour planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are much hotter (14°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Fe.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Santa Fe — 1 night

City Different

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.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sedona to Santa Fe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in May, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 26°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to fly to Moab.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 11:

Moab — 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Canyonlands National Park. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Moab, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 11 — 14: