20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Portland
Drive:  6 h 15 min
1
Crescent City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Truckee
— 1 night
Bus:  8 h 30 min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
car:  9 h
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 15 min
6
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
7
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Denver
— 8 nights
End: Denver

2
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): cruise along Howland Hill Road, admire the majestic nature at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and then hike along Stout Grove. On your second day here, stop by Rumiano Cheese Company, identify plant and animal life at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, thenimmerse yourself in nature at Crescent Beach, thenget up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ocean World, and finally enjoy the sea views from Battery Point Lighthouse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Crescent City online journey planner.

Portland to Crescent City is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland in July, you will find days in Crescent City are colder (62°F), and nights are little chillier (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park ©
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Battery Point Lighthouse
Battery Point Lighthouse
Crescent Beach ©
Crescent Beach

1
night
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Truckee vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Crescent City to Truckee takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Crescent City in July: highs in Truckee hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Sand Harbor
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sand Harbor ©
Sand Harbor

1
night
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 18th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planner.

Traveling by bus from Truckee to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Truckee in July, you will find days in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are much hotter (66°F). You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Sat) before leaving for Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

1
night
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.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park online attractions planner.

You can fly from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 78°F. You'll set off for Zion National Park on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

1
night
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 19th (Sun), trek along Angel's Landing.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip planning site.

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Zion National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, with highs in Zion National Park at 94°F and lows at 59°F. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon

1
night
Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park road trip planning website.

Drive from Zion National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Petrified Forest National Park is slightly colder than Zion National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 53°F. You'll set off for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

4
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Mission: Wolf (in Gardner) and Fort Garland (Los Caminos Antiguos, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, &more).

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Petrified Forest National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 48°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Fort Garland, Mission: Wolf
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Mission: Wolf ©
Mission: Wolf
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center ©
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center

8
nights
Denver

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.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Central City (Hidee Gold Mine & Grand Z Casino Hotel), Colorado Springs (Cheyenne Mountain Zoo & Garden of the Gods) and Idaho Springs (River Rafting & Tubing & Summit Lake Park). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Denver online vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Denver, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Central City, Colorado Springs, Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing

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