16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Death Valley Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
7
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
On the 20th (Sat), catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online travel route builder .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from London to Denver, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Penzeys Spices
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Get some cultural insight at Long House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Take a break from the city and head to Shiprock Rock Formation and Ruins Road. Go for a jaunt from Mesa Verde National Park to Teec Nos Pos to see Four Corners Monument about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Four Corners Monument, Shiprock Rock Formation
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 25th (Thu), take in a show at Hopi House, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then hike along South Kaibab Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour builder tool .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Tours Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get to know the fascinating history of The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas attractions website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 47°C by day to 32°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Death Valley Junction.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

2
nights
Death Valley Junction

Death Valley Junction ©
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert community in unincorporated community Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, just east of Death Valley National Park. On the 28th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad Museum. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point.

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Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Death Valley Junction takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley Junction when traveling from Las Vegas in July, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley Junction

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©

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 31st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online visit planner .

Explore your travel options from Death Valley Junction to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Death Valley Junction in July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then trek along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
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 2nd (Fri): take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island.

Discover how to plan a San Francisco trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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