12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Cave Creek
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Fresno
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Bakersfield
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Charleston

1
night
Cave Creek

Cave Creek ©
Cave Creek is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cave Creek trip planner .

Charleston to Cave Creek is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charleston to Cave Creek due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Charleston in September: highs in Cave Creek hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Cave Creek

Parks Tours Trails
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Desert Foothills Library ©
Desert Foothills Library

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Tioga Pass and then trek along Tuolumne Meadows.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Cave Creek to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cave Creek to Yosemite National Park. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cave Creek in September, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 74°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): observe the fascinating underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium, then cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and then kick back and relax at Breakwater.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Monterey day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Monterey takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 56°F in Monterey. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Simeon.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
17-Mile Drive ©
17-Mile Drive
Breakwater ©
Breakwater

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night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arriveĀ in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Hearst Castle, then take some stellar pictures from Ragged Point Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, and finally take in the waterfront at San Simeon Pier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Simeon travel route planner .

You can drive from Monterey to San Simeon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Monterey in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Fresno.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle
San Simeon Pier ©
San Simeon Pier

1
night
Fresno

Fresno ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Fresno Chaffee Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Forestiere Underground Gardens, then brush up on your military savvy at Legion of Valor Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Fresno Water Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Fresno trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from San Simeon to Fresno by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Fresno when traveling from San Simeon in September, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Fresno

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Forestiere Underground Gardens ©
Forestiere Underground Gardens
Fresno Chaffee Zoo ©
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Old Fresno Water Tower ©
Old Fresno Water Tower

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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 28th (Sat), 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.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Fresno to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Fresno in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Bakersfield.

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
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

1
night
Bakersfield

Bakersfield ©
Bakersfield is a city in California, United States, and the county seat of Kern County. On the 29th (Sun), look for gifts at California Fruit Depot, see the interesting displays at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Kern County Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Buena Vista Museum of Natural History, and finally relax in the rural setting at Murray Family Farms, The Big Red Barn.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Bakersfield tour itinerary maker website .

Explore your travel options from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bakersfield with the Route module. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Bakersfield. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bakersfield

Museums Shopping
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Kern County Museum ©
Kern County Museum
Buena Vista Museum of Natural History ©
California Fruit Depot ©
California Fruit Depot

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 30th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Death Valley National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Bakersfield to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 71°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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