12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Crater Lake National Park
— Few hours
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Salt Lake City
— 1 day
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Arches National Park
— 1 day
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Crater Lake National Park

Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

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Chico to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chico in October; daily highs in Crater Lake National Park reach 71°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): trek along Lake Blanche Trail, then engage your brain at Clark Planetarium, then trek along City Creek Canyon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City attractions planning site.

You can fly from Crater Lake National Park to Salt Lake City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Crater Lake National Park to Salt Lake City is 1 hour. In October in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mud Volcano and Gibbon Falls. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Fairy Falls. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, and stroll through Lone Star Geyser.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park tour planning app.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in October, things will get colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 47°F and lows about 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

1
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Arches National Park

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, make a trip to Partition Arch, then hike along Tunnel Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect nights in Arches National Park to be a bit warmer, around 42°F, while days are warmer, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

2
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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get great views at Trailview Overlook, take some stellar pictures from The Abyss, then take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, and finally stop by Tusayan General Store. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then walk around Indian Garden, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip app.

Getting from Arches National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arches National Park in October: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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Bryce Canyon National Park

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October: highs in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 29°F. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

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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.
On the 13th (Tue), trek along Pa'rus Trail and then trek along Watchman Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, and then stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in October; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

United States travel guide

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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.