42 days in Western US Itinerary

42 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 5 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park

— 3 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Teton and Cascade Canyon Trail. There's still lots to do: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, admire all the interesting features of Teton Park Road, and take in breathtaking views at Cascade Canyon.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park vacation maker app.

Little Rock to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Little Rock in August, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 25:

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Uncle Tom's Trail. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, explore the activities along Firehole River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mystic Falls Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 25 — Sep 1:

Glacier National Park

— 5 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grinnell Glacier and Virginia Falls. On the 4th (Sat), hike the day away at Highline Trail. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Swiftcurrent Falls, hike along Avalanche Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park itinerary site.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 6:

Seattle

— 1 night

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Seattle visit planning app.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Seattle in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Glacier National Park in September, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 7:

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Escape the urban bustle at Ruby Beach and Olympic National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls, take a memorable drive along Olympic Peninsula Loop Drive, delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and trek along Hurricane Ridge.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seattle to Olympic National Park. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Seattle in September; daily highs in Olympic National Park reach 67°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are in your itinerary. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa, approximately Napa away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of Chinatown, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco journey builder tool.

Getting from Olympic National Park to San Francisco by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Olympic National Park in September, expect San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:

Healdsburg

— 3 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Go for a jaunt from Healdsburg to St. Helena to see Modus Operandi Cellars about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 15th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Alexander Valley Vineyards.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip planning app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: highs in Healdsburg hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Visit Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark for their historical value. Visiting Glacier Point and Tioga Pass will get you outdoors. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Healdsburg to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Healdsburg in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 74°F and lows at 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): cruise along Generals Hwy, then surround yourself with nature on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bright Angel Point and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

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 1st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally try to win big at New York New York Casino. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then try your luck at Paris Las Vegas.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Las Vegas hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2: