16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
5
Santa Cruz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  7​h
8
Milwaukee
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Durham

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, and then admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park route planning website .

Durham to Glacier National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Durham in July, you will find days in Glacier National Park are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are colder (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Logan Pass ©
Logan Pass
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally walk around Kerry Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): see the interesting displays at LeMay - America's Car Museum and then admire the sheer force of Snoqualmie Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Seattle takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Glacier National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

LeMay - America's Car Museum, Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
LeMay - America's Car Museum ©
LeMay - America's Car Museum

1
night
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Seattle to Friday Harbor in an hour. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Seattle in July; daily highs in Friday Harbor reach 74°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Friday Harbor to Redwood National Park. When traveling from Friday Harbor in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Redwood National Park: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

2
nights
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Bird Rock Vista Point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along West Cliff Drive, appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Cruz trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Santa Cruz. When traveling from Redwood National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Cruz, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Monterey, Bird Rock Vista Point, Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Monterey Bay ©
Monterey Bay

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Marin Headlands and Twin Peaks. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lands End, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps, and steep yourself in history at Fort Point.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marin Headlands, Golden State Model Railroad Museum, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

1
night
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge Trail, and finally hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots, hike along North Rim Trail, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Artist Point.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, Yellowstone National Park is colder at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

1
night
Milwaukee

Milwaukee ©
Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat, then learn more about the world around you at Milwaukee Public Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Riverwalk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Harley-Davidson Museum, then contemplate the long history of Pabst Mansion, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Virmond Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Milwaukee journey builder app .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Milwaukee in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: highs in Milwaukee hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Virmond Park
Highlights from your plan
Milwaukee Art Museum ©
Milwaukee Art Museum
Harley-Davidson Museum ©
Harley-Davidson Museum
Basilica of St. Josaphat ©
Basilica of St. Josaphat

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