12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive

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San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Alcatraz Island and Japanese Tea Garden. Take a break from the city and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Fort Funston National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in Napa (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, examine the collection at Cable Car Museum, go for a walk through Lombard Street, and engage your brain at Exploratorium.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our San Francisco online day trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base. July in San Francisco sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 1 night
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 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall and then take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, and then explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary site.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from San Francisco in July, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 19.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 10th (Mon), browse the different shops at Wall Drug, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, and then explore and take pictures at Loop Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Fossil Exhibit Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Badlands National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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.