13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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13 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  10 h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 30 min
5
New York City
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h
End: Houston

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Taft Point. There's much more to do: hike along Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Falls Loop.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool.

Houston to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Houston in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Bridge, then cast your line with a fishing tour, then examine the collection at Musee Mecanique, and finally brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito. On your second day here, engage your brain at Exploratorium, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
SS Jeremiah O'Brien ©
SS Jeremiah O'Brien

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Artist Point. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, and trek along Trout Lake Trail.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park route site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Yellowstone National Park when traveling from San Francisco in August, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
night
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): cruise along Signal Mountain Summit Road, then appreciate the views at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jenny Lake Trail, and finally cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park road trip site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Grand Teton National Park hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Signal Mountain Summit Road ©
Signal Mountain Summit Road

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Hallett Nature Sanctuary. Appreciate the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York Public Library. And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, make a trip to 9/11 Memorial, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New York City trip website.

Traveling by flight from Grand Teton National Park to New York City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Teton National Park to New York City is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August: highs in New York City hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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