17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Bus to Downtown LA, Foot to El Monte Busway / Alameda - Union Station, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Glacier National Park
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 2 nights
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 24th (Mon): hike along Nevada Falls Loop, then trek along Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point.

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Palm Springs to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Palm Springs in May, expect Yosemite National Park to be much colder, temps between 65°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

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.
Visiting Grinnell Glacier and McDonald Creek will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Avalanche Lake and Sun Tours. Go for a jaunt from Glacier National Park to Browning to see Museum of the Plains Indian about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, hike along Goat Lick Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Siyeh Pass, and let the river carry you with Glacier Outfitters.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Glacier National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Glacier National Park is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, then take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Steamboat Geyser.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In May, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Glacier National Park - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Explore hidden gems such as Sheep Lakes and Chasm Falls. Visiting Many Parks Curve Overlook and Lily Lake Trailhead will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, stroll through North Inlet Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, and hike along Tundra Communities Trail.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park journey builder.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and car from Yellowstone National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (87°F), and nights are a bit warmer (54°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Denver sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Sat), do a tasting at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, cruise along Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway, then admire the majestic nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tabeguache Trail and then ride a horse along The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area.

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Traveling by car from Denver to Grand Junction takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Junction, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 7th (Mon), trek along The Narrows.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park visit planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Zion National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Grand Junction in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Zion National Park. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.