Help couple Europeans to decide on USA landscape trip. Please

Little background. We are couple hobby photographers from Europe, we work all summer in Minnesota and want to do a nice two weeks trip around for some landscape photography. Trip will be somewhere between Sep 20 and Oct 8.

We are debating between.

Big road trip starting from Minnesota>north Dakota>Montana>Wyoming>Colorado>Nebraska and back to minnesota

We haven’t look for exact road but obviously Yellowstone will be the main event with stop at bad lands and im sure million more places on he way.

Second option so far looks to be flight to Las Vegas and just explore around.

That will include Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Zion, Arches national park and im sure there is few more. They are all 2-4h drive from Las Vegas.

We do not really have 3rd option as for now but we are open to suggestions.

We have no idea about the weather and which places will be better to visit at the end of September to early October. If there is someone with more experience with us willing to share some info we will be forever grateful. We are trying to do research on the internet but so far we just cant seem to make up our mind.

Thanks for reading and eventually helping out in advance.

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I hope people will help you here.I live in Australia so could give you good advice if you ever decide to come here. geoff

Kenneth Jordan's picture

I think for that time of year I'd definitely do the Vegas trip.

Shawn Mahan's picture

east coast would be nice around that time. Acadia in Maine, along the coast and down through the Hamptons. White Mountains in NH. If you go a little later the leaf color change would make for a great trip.

Cindy Lawson DeVore's picture

If you're going to visit Yellowstone, then visit Glacier National Park as well. For photos, Glacier is just amazing. Having said that, another choice I highly recommend visiting is the Pacific Northwest. Portland, Oregon sits between some truly incredible photo opportunities in the Mount Hood National Forest to the east, and the Oregon Coast to the west. I promise, you won't be disappointed.