16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Monterey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pismo Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
San Bernardino
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
10
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Toronto

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 11th (Sun): take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marshall’s Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route builder site .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you will find days in San Francisco are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): hike along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then get great views at Valley View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along May Lake Trailhead and then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park route site .

You can 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. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lembert Dome ©
Lembert Dome
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Four Mile Trail ©
Four Mile Trail

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nights
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 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and then don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 41°C and lows about 20°C. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Zumwalt Meadow Trail ©
Zumwalt Meadow Trail
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

1
night
Monterey

Monterey
Monterey is a city in the U.S. For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monterey route builder .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Monterey by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August, plan for much colder days in Monterey, with highs around 24°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 16°C. You will leave for Pismo Beach on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

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night
Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is a city in San Luis Obispo County, in the Central Coast area of California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy the sea views from Point San Luis Lighthouse, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and then do a tasting at Peachy Canyon Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Niner Wine Estates, then do a tasting at Castoro Cellars, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Avila Main Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pismo Beach travel planner .

You can drive from Monterey to Pismo Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monterey in August: highs in Pismo Beach hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Bernardino.

Things to do in Pismo Beach

Outdoors Wineries Beaches

Side Trips

Avila Beach, Paso Robles, Peachy Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Point San Luis Lighthouse ©
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Niner Wine Estates ©
Niner Wine Estates

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night
San Bernardino

San Bernardino
San Bernardino is a city located in the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area (sometimes called the "Inland Empire"). To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Bernardino sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Pismo Beach to San Bernardino in 4 hours. Traveling from Pismo Beach in August, expect San Bernardino to be a bit warmer, temps between 41°C and 22°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Bernardino

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 18th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Split Rock and then explore the fascinating landscape at Cottonwood Spring Oasis.

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You can drive from San Bernardino to Joshua Tree National Park in 2.5 hours. In August, Joshua Tree National Park is somewhat warmer than San Bernardino - with highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Keys View ©
Keys View
Keys Ranch ©
Keys Ranch

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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 20th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour builder site .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

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nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zion National Park and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Riverside Walk and Checkerboard Mesa. The adventure continues: trek along Kayenta Trail, explore the striking landscape at Emerald Pools, and grab your bike and head to Pa'rus Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, you will find days in Zion National Park are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Checkerboard Mesa ©
Checkerboard Mesa

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nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): wander the streets of Park City Main Street Historic District, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at High West Distillery, and then stroll through Timpanogos Cave National Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City trip maker app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in August since evenings lows in Salt Lake City dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Park City, Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
Timpanogos Cave National Monument ©
Timpanogos Cave National Monument

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