18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Durham
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Seattle
— 3 nights
bus:  3​h 15​min
2
Portland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  11​h
6
Zion National Park
— 1 night
drive:  11​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Phoenix
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Durham

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Pink Door, Elysian Brewing Company Capitol Hill and Bathtub Gin and Co.. On the 4th (Fri), explore the activities along Green Lake Park and then join in the after-dark buzz at Bathtub Gin and Co.. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Snoqualmie Falls, then get a taste of local nightlife at Elysian Brewing Company Capitol Hill, and finally add some entertainment to your itinerary with The Pink Door.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Seattle travel planning app .

Durham to Seattle is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Durham to Seattle, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Seattle is slightly colder than Durham - with highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nightlife Nature

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

2
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
On the 7th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Vista House, take in the dramatic scenery at Multnomah Falls, and then stroll through Oneonta Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Pearl District, do a tasting at Domaine Serene, and then explore and take pictures at Willamette Valley.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Portland road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Portland takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Portland, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Domaine Serene, Vista House, Oneonta Gorge, Multnomah Falls
Highlights from your plan
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge
Willamette Valley ©
Willamette Valley
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Castello di Amorosa and Drakes Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore) and Bodega Head (in Bodega Bay).

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Portland to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Drakes Beach, Bodega Head, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Limantour Beach
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Partington Cove, then view the masterpieces at Coast Gallery Big Sur, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Marina State Beach, then do a tasting at Talbott Vineyards, and then visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for little chillier days in Big Sur, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Talbott Vineyards, Marina State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

2
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.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Olmsted Point, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, make a trip to Valley View, and then explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Big Sur in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
May Lake Trailhead ©
May Lake Trailhead
Valley View ©
Valley View

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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 16th (Wed), cruise along Zion Shuttle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle
The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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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 outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to South Kaibab Trail and Inner Canyon. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Powell Point, get great views at Lookout Studio, and examine the collection at Kolb Studio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder site .

You can take a bus from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 69°F and lows about 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

few
hours
Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix itinerary app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Phoenix at 93°F and lows at 69°F. You will leave for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Parks

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