18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  18​h
2
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + tram + foot + Fly:  13​h 30​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Forks
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Leavenworth
— 2 nights
+2
train + tram + Fly:  11​h
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Dandridge

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hike along Bright Angel Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and then engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool .

San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from San Diego to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in September, Grand Canyon National Park is colder at night with lows of 43°F. You'll set off for Redwood National Park on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 17th (Thu), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then immerse yourself in nature at Redwood National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Step out of Crater Lake National Park to go to Umpqua and see Umpqua National Forest, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, head off the coast to Wizard Island, and steep yourself in history at Rim Village Visitor Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Redwood National Park in September, expect nights in Crater Lake National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, Umpqua National Forest
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Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Rialto Beach and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Olympic National Park trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Crater Lake National Park to Olympic National Park takes 13.5 hours. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Forks.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach ©
Rialto Beach

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nights
Forks

Forks ©
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Attractions like La Push Beach and Third Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Neah Bay (Cape Flattery Trail & Makah Cultural and Research Center). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at First Beach, examine the collection at John's Beachcombing Museum, and look for gifts at Native to Twilight.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Forks sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to Forks. In September in Forks, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Forks

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

La Push, Neah Bay
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La Push Beach ©
La Push Beach
First Beach ©
First Beach
Makah Cultural and Research Center ©

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Leavenworth

Leavenworth ©
Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. Bring the kids along to Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and Slidewaters. Take a break from Leavenworth with a short trip to Lake Chelan in Chelan, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, sample the fine beverages at Blue Spirits Distilling, stop by Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen & Country Store, and explore the striking landscape at Icicle Gorge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Leavenworth holiday planning site .

Drive from Forks to Leavenworth in 6 hours. Traveling from Forks in September, you will find days in Leavenworth are a bit warmer (74°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Leavenworth

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trips

Cashmere, Chelan
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Leavenworth Reindeer Farm ©
Leavenworth Reindeer Farm
Slidewaters ©
Slidewaters
River Rafting & Tubing

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, trek along Difficult Creek Trail, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip maker .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Leavenworth to Aspen in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Leavenworth to Aspen is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Leavenworth in September since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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