18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
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Wind Cave National Park
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Arches National Park — 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park online sightseeing planner.

York to Arches National Park is an approximately 30.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from York to Arches National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from York in June, you will find days in Arches National Park are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.
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Canyonlands National Park — 2 nights

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): get great views at Green River Overlook, admire all the interesting features of Whale Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Upheaval Dome, then take in breathtaking views at Orange Cliffs Overlook, then trek along White Rim Trail, and finally get great views at Grand View Point Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky, stroll through Aztec Butte Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the stunning scenery at Shafer Canyon Overlook, then stroll through Murphy Point Trail, and finally hike along Confluence Overlook Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. June in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.
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Capitol Reef National Park — 2 nights

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): trek along Goosenecks Overlook, trek along Sunset Point Trail, trek along Chimney Rock Trail, contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead, then steep yourself in history at Behunin Cabin, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold. On the next day, make a trip to Hollow Mountain, head off-road at local off-road trails, then steep yourself in history at Pioneer Register, then contemplate the long history of Fruita Schoolhouse, and finally get great views at Larb Hollow Overlook.

For photos and other tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, expect nights in Capitol Reef National Park to be cooler, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Peek-A-Boo Loop.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planning tool.

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. June in Bryce Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 3 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kolob Terrace Road and Riverside Walk. Get out of town with these interesting Zion National Park side-trips: Kanarra Creek (in Kanarraville) and Hurricane (Off-Road Tours & Dig Paddlesports). There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kolob Canyons, trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, stroll through Hop Valley Trail, and take a memorable drive along Kolob Canyon Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Zion National Park at 94°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can fly to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to 246 Wine & Brew Tours and Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Solvang (Old Mission Santa Ines & Sunny Fields Park), Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path (in Ventura) and Channel Islands Harbor (in Oxnard). There's still lots to do: learn and have fun at Santa Barbara Art Glass, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, make a trip to Moreton Bay Fig Tree, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Barbara online driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Santa Barbara in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Santa Barbara. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, you will find days in Santa Barbara are much colder (72°F), and nights are a bit warmer (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.
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Wind Cave National Park — 2 nights

Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Explore hidden gems such as Wind Cave National Park and Windcross Conservancy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Wind Cave National Park: Pine Ridge Reservation (in Manderson), Sheep Mountain Table Road (in Badlands National Park) and Oglala Lakota College Historical Center (in Kyle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, admire all the interesting features of Needles Highway, and trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Wind Cave National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Santa Barbara to Wind Cave National Park in 21 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Barbara to Wind Cave National Park is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Wind Cave National Park when traveling from Santa Barbara in June, with lows around 48°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sat).
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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.
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