10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + Drive:  11​h 45​min
1
Zion National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Big Sur
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
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.
To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planner .

Tampa to Zion National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Tampa to Zion National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Tampa in July, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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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, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, hike along Panorama Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Zion National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 98°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz ©
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then stroll through Point Lobos, and then make a trip to Fairy Tale Cottages of Hugh Comstock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and then take in the pleasant sights at Shark Fin Cove.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Cruz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Santa Cruz, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Carmel, Monterey, Shark Fin Cove
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive

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night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, then take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, then admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally trek along Partington Cove.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip builder .

Traveling by car from Santa Cruz to Big Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Big Sur are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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