11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
2
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then hike along Split Rock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip planning tool.

Del Mar to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Del Mar, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Joshua Tree National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then steep yourself in history at Geologist's Cabin.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in September since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

3
nights
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: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, get great views at Washburn Point, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park visit planner.

Take a bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are colder with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to take a 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
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass

3
nights
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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, make a trip to Tunnel Log, and take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by bus takes about 8.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much warmer, around °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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