11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Yosemite National Park
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
End: Yosemite National Park

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Four Mile Trail and Tenaya Lake. Visiting Taft Point and Tuolumne Meadows will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, get advice or help at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and hike along Panorama Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planning app .

If you are flying in from France, the closest major airports are Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Reno Tahoe International Airport and Sacramento International Airport. In September in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias ©
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

2
nights
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 23rd (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake County Park, hike along Parker Lake Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at McGee Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mammoth Crest Trail, then explore the activities along Horseshoe Lake, and finally stop by Footloose Sports in Mammoth Lakes.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Parker Lake Trail, Mono Lake County Park
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Horseshoe Lake ©
Horseshoe Lake
Mono Lake County Park ©
Mono Lake County Park
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin ©
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Roaring River Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then trek along Mount Whitney Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Western Film History. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, take some stellar pictures from Buck Rock Lookout, and then Head underground at Boyden Cavern.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Mammoth Lakes to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Lone Pine
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Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

2
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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In September in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Panamint Range ©
Panamint Range
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

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