12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip builder

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Cortez, Fly to Houston

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Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 5th (Mon), step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Houston to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Houston to Crater Lake National Park. Traveling from Houston in July, expect little chillier with lows of 61°F in Crater Lake National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park day trip website.

Drive from Crater Lake National Park to Redwood National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July, you will find days in Redwood National Park are cooler (64°F), and nights are a bit cooler (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Half Dome, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be a bit cooler, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. On the 12th (Mon), you're off to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be warmer, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 101°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
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 14th (Wed): appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, and then take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. July in Joshua Tree National Park sees daily highs of 103°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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. On the 15th (Thu), make a trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Joshua Tree National Park to Monument Valley takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Monument Valley is 1 hour. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, expect Monument Valley to be a bit cooler, temps between 90°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature · Parks · Museums

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.