11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Fly to Las Vegas, Shuttle to Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 5 nights
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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yosemite, Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get great views at Valley View, admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally stroll through May Lake Trailhead.

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Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 7-hour car ride. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, things will get cooler in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 65°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 day

A Land of Giants

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 22nd (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest and then make a trip to Tunnel Log.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip website.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect Zion National Park to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 41°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 23rd (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, and then get great views at Paria View.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park day trip app.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in May: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 63°F and lows are around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Chimney Rock Trail and then trek along Sunset Point Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Canyonlands National Park: highs are around 76°F and lows about 49°F. You will leave for Arches National Park on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): stroll through Devils Garden Trailhead, don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours and then walk around Sandstone Tours.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Monument Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Arches National Park in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Monument Valley. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Parks

Mesa Verde National Park

— 5 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Park Point and Spruce Tree House. Venture out of the city with trips to Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock) and Four Corners Monument (in Teec Nos Pos). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Long House, make a trip to Step House, trek along Point Lookout Trail, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder site.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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United States travel guide

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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.