13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
drive:  5​h
1
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Ridgecrest
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
drive:  7​h
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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night
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 21st (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, then cruise along Generals Hwy, and then contemplate the long history of General Sherman Tree. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest and then explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip website .

San Francisco to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from San Francisco in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

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Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest is a city in Kern County, California, United States. To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ridgecrest trip builder .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Ridgecrest by car takes about 5.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ridgecrest are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. You'll set off for Death Valley National Park on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Ridgecrest

Museums Parks Nature

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Zabriskie Point. On the 23rd (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ridgecrest to Death Valley National Park takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

2
nights
Zion National Park

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.
Zion National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, trails, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park tour planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in November; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 61°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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.
Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis has been added to your itinerary. On the 27th (Wed), surround yourself with nature on Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): trek along Rim Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park route maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. In November, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Zion National Park - with highs of 54°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Antelope Canyon Tours by Roger Ekis
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

3
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ryan Mountain, hike along Split Rock, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in Joshua Tree National Park, with highs around 70°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

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