15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bodega Dunes and Castello di Amorosa. Visiting Alcatraz Island and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, wander the streets of SoMa, get to know the fascinating history of The Embarcadero, and play a few rounds at Lincoln Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online trip itinerary maker .

Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-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. When traveling from Saint Louis in May, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

V. Sattui Winery, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite Falls and Tunnel View. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Yosemite Village, stroll through Panorama Trail, and hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
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 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then trek along Zumwalt Meadow Trail. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then explore and take pictures at Generals Hwy.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park route planning website .

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Step off the beaten path and head to Badwater Basin and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Artists Dr, explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and get great views at Dante's View.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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