28 days in Western US Itinerary

28 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US route planner
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Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Sedona
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Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Portland
— 1 night
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive to Albuquerque International Sunport, Fly to Plattsburgh

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Sedona — 2 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Slide Rock State Park and Devil's Bridge Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona driving holiday planner.

Plattsburgh to Sedona is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Plattsburgh in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Sedona: highs are around 89°F and lows about 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 1:

Grand Canyon National Park — 4 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Yaki Point. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, surround yourself with nature on Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra, hike along Rim Trail, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online route planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 5:

Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Mariposa Grove. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, hike along North Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder website.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Monterey.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 9:

Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Monterey online attractions planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Monterey in 5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, Monterey is a bit warmer at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then stroll through Alcatraz Island, and finally browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planning app.

Drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can fly to Portland.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

Portland — 1 night

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 14th (Wed), hike along Wildwood Trail, admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

Plan trip to Portland with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Portland are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Seattle.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Seattle — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Pike Place Market, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seattle trip planner.

Fly from Portland to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

Yellowstone National Park — 5 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Norris Geyser Basin. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Beehive Geyser, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road, and contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River.

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Fly from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are colder (33°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Moab.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:

Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then see the world from above with Air Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Moab trip builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Yellowstone National Park to Moab in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, with highs in Moab at 84°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Santa Fe.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Santa Fe — 3 nights

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 24th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and then explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally take a stroll through Canyon Road.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip tool.

Getting from Moab to Santa Fe by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, daytime highs in Santa Fe are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26: