11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and get curious at California Academy of Sciences.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planner .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. When traveling from Tampa in July, plan for a bit cooler days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
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 14th (Sun): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then go for a walk through Shark Fin Cove, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Cruz vacation site .

You can drive from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Shark Fin Cove
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Shark Fin Cove ©
Shark Fin Cove

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then take a memorable drive along Generals Hwy. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Grant Grove and then hike along Congress Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Drive from Santa Cruz to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Santa Cruz, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

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, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be colder, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To find out how to plan a trip to Zion National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park in 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park. In July, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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