49 days in Badlands National Park, Keystone & Western US Itinerary

49 days in Badlands National Park, Keystone & Western US Itinerary

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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 16 nights
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Arches National Park
— Few hours

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, don't miss a visit to Pinnacles Overlook, and hike along Castle Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Charlotte to Badlands National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Charlotte in January: high temperatures in Badlands National Park hover around 34°F and lows are around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Loop Road
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Geologic Formation
Badlands Wall
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Badlands National Park
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Keystone

Keystone ©

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 22nd (Fri), see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Presidential Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then take some stellar pictures from Breezy Point Picnic Area, and finally admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip planner.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Keystone can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

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Scenic Drive
Iron Mountain Road
4.9

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Norris Geyser Basin, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Keep things going the next day: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Blue Star Spring, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip site.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. In January, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Keystone - with highs of 23°F and lows of 1°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

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Hot Spring
Norris Geyser Basin
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Hot Spring
Old Faithful
4.5

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and then admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Grand Teton National Park are 24°F, while nighttime lows are 4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Take a break from Redwood National Park with a short trip to Klamath National Forest in Forks of Salmon, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Enderts Beach, hike along California Coastal Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Teton National Park to Redwood National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Teton National Park to Redwood National Park is minus 1 hour. In January, Redwood National Park is much hotter than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

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World heritage site
Redwood National Park
4.8

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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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and look for all kinds of wild species at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Yosemite National Park. When traveling from Redwood National Park in February, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Must see
Sentinel Dome
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Geologic Formation
El Capitan
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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.
On the 8th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour planning app.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 20.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. In February, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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Rim Trail
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Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then get a taste of the local shopping with Village Gallery of Local Artists.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

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Must see
Off-Road Tours
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Geologic Formation
Cathedral Rock
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer, and finally stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Bryce Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Sedona in February, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 40°F and 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

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Navajo Loop Trail
4.9
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Geologic Formation
Natural Bridge
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): trek along Angel's Landing.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park planner.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 58°F and lows about 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Zion National Park

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National Park
Zion National Park
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Hiking Trail
Angel's Landing
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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 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, see Off-Road Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Zion National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Zion National Park in February, plan for slightly colder days in Monument Valley, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

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Photography Tours
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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Explore Canyonlands National Park's surroundings by going to Blanding (Utah State Route 95 & Hite Crossing Bridge), Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Capitol Reef National Park) and Hanksville (Leprechaun Canyon & Moonscape Overlook). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, appreciate the extensive heritage of Monument Basin, take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, and hike along Murphy Point Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 50°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. On the 6th (Sat), you're off to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

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Geologic Formation
Mesa Arch
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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, get great views at Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, and then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Arches National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

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Geologic Formation
Delicate Arch
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Wolfe Ranch
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