12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Seattle
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + shuttle + bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Puget Sound Express. On the 18th (Wed), wander the streets of Pike Place Market and then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Puget Sound Express.

Before you visit Seattle, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chicago to Seattle is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Seattle, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in March; daily highs in Seattle reach 56°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Puget Sound Express
Highlights from your plan
Puget Sound Express ©
Puget Sound Express
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, walk around Crissy Field, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in March: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Lands End ©
Lands End
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome and then take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Nature Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes General Grant Tree Trail, Big Trees Trail, General Sherman Tree, and other attractions you added.

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Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 46°F. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
General Grant Tree Trail ©
General Grant Tree Trail
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

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