27 days in Western US, Big Bend National Park & New Orleans Itinerary

27 days in Western US, Big Bend National Park & New Orleans Itinerary

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Start: Birmingham
Fly + Drive:  8 h 30 min
1
Devils Tower
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
3
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Gold Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  6 h 45 min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Sedona
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  9 h 30 min
10
Big Bend National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  10 h 15 min
11
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
End: Birmingham

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Devils Tower

Devils Tower ©
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): go for a walk through Tower Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Devils Tower National Monument.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Devils Tower driving holiday planner.

Birmingham to Devils Tower is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Birmingham to Devils Tower. Traveling from Birmingham in June, things will get little chillier in Devils Tower: highs are around 76°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Nature Parks
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Devils Tower National Monument ©
Devils Tower National Monument

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lamar Valley. Get in touch with nature at Old Faithful and Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, delve into the lush surroundings at Petrified Tree, trek along Artist Point, and don't miss a visit to The 45th Parallel.

Planning Yellowstone National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Devils Tower in June, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 66°F and 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Thu), trek along Lands End, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Walt Disney Family Museum, then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, and finally examine the collection at Cable Car Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco online travel planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Gold Beach.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Gold Beach

Gold Beach ©
Gold Beach is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, on the Oregon Coast. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tee off at Cedar Bend Golf Club, admire the majestic nature at Geisel Monument State Heritage Site, then admire the majestic nature at Otter Point State Recreation Site, and finally take a tour of The Mary D Hume.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gold Beach online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from San Francisco to Gold Beach with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Gold Beach

Nature Parks Golf
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Otter Point State Recreation Site ©
Otter Point State Recreation Site
Geisel Monument State Heritage Site ©
Geisel Monument State Heritage Site
Cedar Bend Golf Club ©
Cedar Bend Golf Club

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, cruise along Tioga Pass, pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation maker website.

Explore your travel options from Gold Beach to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Gold Beach in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
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.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree, and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail, hike along General Grant Tree Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

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

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Get outdoors at Devil's Bridge Trail and Slide Rock State Park. There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), hike along Airport Mesa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get a taste of local nightlife at Sedona Stargazing.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sedona online attractions planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Sedona hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

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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.
On the 25th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Sedona to Santa Fe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in June, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi ©
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll through Lost Mine Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Santa Fe to Big Bend National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In June, Big Bend National Park is somewhat warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 100°F and lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chisos Mountains ©
Chisos Mountains
Lost Mine Trail ©
Lost Mine Trail

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New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Let the collections at Whitney Plantation and Escape My Room New Orleans capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ultimate Swamp Adventures. Get out of town with these interesting New Orleans side-trips: Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & St. Joseph Plantation). There's more to do: stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie and admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read New Orleans online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to New Orleans in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. When traveling from Big Bend National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 83°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, Whitney Plantation, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Whitney Plantation ©
Whitney Plantation

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