15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Palm Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Durango
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + train:  14​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Cardiff, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Cardiff in September, expect San Francisco to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect cooler with lows of 3°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy, and then stroll through Congress Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock and then take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel route tool .

Take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

1
day
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 1st (Tue), appreciate the history behind Sonny Bono Statue, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Jacinto Mountain, then make a trip to Frey House II, and finally admire the striking features of Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Palm Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Palm Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, shuttle, and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October; daily highs in Palm Springs reach 39°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway ©
Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway
Sonny Bono Statue ©
Sonny Bono Statue

2
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 3rd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planning site .

Drive from Palm Springs to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Palm Springs to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. In October, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Palm Springs - with highs of 22°C and lows of 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
day
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 5th (Sat), enjoy the views from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Durango

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing.

Start your trip to Denver by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Durango to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Durango in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bad Axe Throwing ©
Bad Axe Throwing
Beer Tastings & Tours

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