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:  4​h
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. On your second day here, stroll through Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, and finally hike along May Lake Trailhead.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in May since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome

1
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 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, and then trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Mt. Whitney and then hike along Panoramic Point.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park holiday builder tool .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and then explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Darwin Falls and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

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Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Death Valley National Park can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Darwin Falls ©
Darwin Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally walk around Indian Garden. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Lipan Point, take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point, then take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online holiday builder .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 23°C, while nights are colder with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

3
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Get outdoors at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hite Marina and Muley Point Overlook. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, expect Monument Valley to be somewhat warmer, temps between 27°C and 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hite Marina, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Muley Point Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Off-Road Tours

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