13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
fly:  9​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
3
Boulder City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Detroit

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.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Washburn Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip builder .

Detroit to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, expect colder with lows of 43°F in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 59°F. You'll set off for Boulder City on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

2
nights
Boulder City

Boulder City ©
A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
You've now added Hoover Dam to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Boulder City day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Boulder City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Boulder City. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Helicopter Tours

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

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.
On the 5th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, don't miss a visit to Powell Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from Boulder City to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boulder City in September, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument and then have fun at Flagstaff Extreme. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, have some family-friendly fun at Xcape Flagstaff, then look and learn at Lowell Observatory, and finally admire the masterpieces at West of the Moon Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Flagstaff trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. September in Flagstaff sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Nature Parks Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Lowell Observatory ©
Lowell Observatory

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