25 days in Western US Itinerary

25 days in Western US Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
Moab
— 2 nights
5
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
7
Sedona
— 1 night
8
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
9
Taos
— 2 nights
10
Roswell
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, trek along Panorama Trail, then trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Four Mile Trail, then hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then shop like a local with Ansel Adams Gallery, and finally get great views at Valley View.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Paso Robles to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Paso Robles in September; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Zion's Main Canyon and Hidden Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riverside Walk and Pa'rus Trail. Go for a jaunt from Zion National Park to Virgin to see Zion Helicopters about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail, stroll through Kayenta Trail, get outside with The Subway, and see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip builder site.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park in 20 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, with highs in Zion National Park at 84°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), Zion Helicopters
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Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail

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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 8th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, see a world frozen in time at Widtsoe Ghost Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Ruby's Inn, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, then trek along Rim Trail, and then take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Widtsoe Ghost Town, Ruby's Inn
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Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore and take pictures at La Sal Mountain Loop, do a tasting at Spanish Valley Vineyards and Winery, hike along Park Avenue Trail, then grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and finally see the world from above with Canyonlands Ballooning. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): trek along Balanced Rock Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

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Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Moab hover around 84°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Canyonlands Ballooning ©
Canyonlands Ballooning
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Bike Fiend ©
Bike Fiend

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Navaho Code Talkers Exhibit, then see the interesting displays at Navajo Cultural Center, then stroll around Sandstone Tours, and finally hike along Wildcat Trail. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sand Island Campground, then explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge, then stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Cow Canyon Trading Post.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Monument Valley can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bluff, Kayenta
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Sand Island Campground ©
Sand Island Campground
Cow Canyon Trading Post ©
Cow Canyon Trading Post

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stroll around Indian Garden, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, then trot along with Canyon Trail Rides, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally get great views at Pipe Creek Vista. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Powell Point, get great views at Maricopa Point, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in September, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 75°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then trek along Brin's Mesa Trail, and then surround yourself with nature on Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours.

Before you visit Sedona, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sedona: highs are around 85°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Arizona Tour & Travel - Day Tours
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Brin's Mesa Trail ©
Brin's Mesa Trail
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art ©

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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.
Get outdoors at Jemez Mountains and Canyon Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Los Alamos (Los Alamos History Museum & Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, expand your horizons at Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get slightly colder in Santa Fe: highs are around 80°F and lows about 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Jemez Mountains, Canyon Trail
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 20:
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San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ©
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): do a tasting at Vivac Winery, do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery, learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Orilla Verde Recreation Area, and finally make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, take a memorable tour with Taos Fly Shop, then explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Taos sightseeing planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Taos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in September, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Taos

Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Dixon, Orilla Verde Recreation Area, Black Mesa Winery
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
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Black Mesa Winery ©
Black Mesa Winery
Orilla Verde Recreation Area ©
Orilla Verde Recreation Area
Blumenschein Home & Museum ©
Blumenschein Home & Museum

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Walker Aviation Musem, laugh and play at Roswell Space Center, contemplate the long history of Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Historic District. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Singing Road, then identify plant and animal life at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, then admire the masterpieces at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, and finally take a memorable drive along Pecos River.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Roswell trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Taos to Roswell in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in September, with highs in Roswell at 87°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pecos River, Singing Road
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Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico ©
Walker Aviation Musem ©
Walker Aviation Musem
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art

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