13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Wawona
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9 h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
4
Glacier National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Old Coast Road. On your second day here, kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Big Sur trip site .

Los Angeles to Big Sur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in Big Sur hover around 72°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

China Cove and Gibson Beach
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Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

5
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Visiting Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sentinel Dome and Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Wawona trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Big Sur to Wawona in 5 hours. When traveling from Big Sur in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wawona: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
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Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like West Thumb Geyser Basin and Firehole Canyon Drive. Get a sense of the local culture at Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Artists’ Paintpots, explore the striking landscape of Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and stroll through Artist Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wawona to Yellowstone National Park. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. In September, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Wawona - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

1
night
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake McDonald and then hike along Avalanche Lake. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, then hike along Highline Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Glacier National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Lake McDonald ©
Lake McDonald
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail

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