17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Phoenix
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monument Valley
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
8
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
bus:  6​h 45​min
9
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
11
Santa Barbara
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Long Beach
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
13
San Diego
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Austin

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Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix road trip planner .

Austin to Phoenix is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Austin in May, expect nights in Phoenix to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. You will leave for Grand Canyon National Park on the 29th (Wed).

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Golf

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 68°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, Monument Valley is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 74°F and lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Horseback Riding Tours
Photography Tours

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 1st (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer, take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, then trek along Rim Trail, then get great views at Sunrise Point, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park online attractions planner .

Drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in June; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 79°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

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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.
On the 2nd (Sun), hike along The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 103°F, while lows dip to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Trails Nature Outdoors

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works, then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 98°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Eureka Mine ©
Eureka Mine

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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 6th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then trek along Big Stump Basin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey app .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Big Stump Basin ©
Big Stump Basin
Roaring River Falls ©
Roaring River Falls

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA. On your second day here, stroll through Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then stroll around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. In June, Yosemite National Park is slightly colder than Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then kick back and relax at Fort Funston National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, look for all kinds of wild species at Marin Headlands, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read San Francisco journey planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (71°F), and nights are a bit warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara ©
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
On the 11th (Tue), wander the streets of State Street Underpass, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cold Spring Tavern, then don't miss a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara, and finally admire the majestic nature at Carpinteria State Beach.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Long Beach.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Carpinteria State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Carpinteria State Beach ©
Carpinteria State Beach
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Cold Spring Tavern ©
Cold Spring Tavern

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Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach has long been overshadowed by its bigger and more famous neighbor known as the City of Angels.
On the 12th (Wed), make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Long Beach itinerary planner .

Getting from Santa Barbara to Long Beach by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in June: high temperatures in Long Beach hover around 78°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Long Beach

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore and take pictures at Point Loma, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Rosecrans Cemetery.

Before you visit San Diego, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Long Beach to San Diego takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Long Beach in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 64°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery ©
Fort Rosecrans Cemetery

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