13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night

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South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Lakeside Beach, hike along Cascade Falls Trail, then stroll through Flume Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tahoe Meadows Trail, and finally admire the majestic nature at D.L. Bliss State Park.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe day trip app.

Des Moines to South Lake Tahoe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Des Moines in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, then trek along May Lake Trailhead, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and finally explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit app.

You can take a bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 2 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
On the 19th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, trek along Big Stump Basin, and then hike along John Muir Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Boyden Cavern, take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, and finally explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 95°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 21st (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, then take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, and finally get great views at Farview Point.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planning site.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Bryce Canyon National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In August in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 45°F at night.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.