9 days in United States Itinerary
9 days in United States Itinerary
Start: Washington DC
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
— 1 day
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 day
End: Washington DC
Tue, Sep 24 - Wed, Oct 2
Yellowstone National Park — 3 nights
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary app.
Washington DC to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 60°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.
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Moab — 1 day
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): trek along Park Avenue Trail, trek along Grandstaff Canyon Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, and finally admire all the interesting features of Colorado Riverway Recreation Area.
To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder tool.
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. In September, Moab is warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Highlights from your trip
Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights
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 29th (Sun): trek along Bright Angel Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, stroll through Rim Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.
To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route planner.
Do a combination of flight and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in September, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Sedona.
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Sedona — 1 night
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.On the 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Mountain Trail, then hike along Doe Mountain Trail, then trek along Fay Canyon Trail, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.
To see maps and other tourist information, read our Sedona driving holiday site.
You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. In September, Sedona is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 85°F and lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 1 day
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and finally trek along Gatlinburg Trail.
To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planning tool.
Traveling by flight from Sedona to Gatlinburg takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.