17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

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

1
night
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 30th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip planning app .

Cardiff, UK to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Denver is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Cardiff in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Durango.

Things to do in Denver

Tours Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

1
night
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 2nd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online journey maker .

Do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Durango in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, Durango is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan

3
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 4th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, stroll through Rim Trail, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Durango to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 6th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, then get great views at Dante's View, and then don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Palm Springs.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes ©
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Tahquitz Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at San Jacinto Mountain.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs online journey maker .

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Palm Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: high temperatures in Palm Springs hover around 39°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Palm Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Mountain ©
San Jacinto Mountain
Tahquitz Canyon ©
Tahquitz Canyon

4
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: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Palm Springs in October; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 22°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

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

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