18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chandler
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Chandler
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Drive:  5​h 30​min
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Petrified Forest National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
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Gallup
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
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Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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Arches National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Great Basin National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Salt Lake City
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Caldwell
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Marysville
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Redwood National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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South Lake Tahoe
— Few hours
drive:  3​h 30​min
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Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Santa Cruz
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Chandler

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Chandler

Chandler
Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and is a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chandler itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Chandler. In July, plan for daily highs up to 103°F, and evening lows to 80°F. You will leave for Petrified Forest National Park on the 30th (Mon).

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Chandler to Petrified Forest National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. You will leave for Gallup on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

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Gallup

Gallup
Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gallup trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Petrified Forest National Park to Gallup. In July in Gallup, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Gallup

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gallup to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park
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.
Plan a Canyonlands National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 5 hours. You will leave for Arches National Park on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park
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 maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park day trip planning site .

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 64°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park
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 1st (Wed): trek along The Hickman Bridge Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Arches National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. In August in Capitol Reef National Park, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 66°F at night. You will leave for Bryce Canyon National Park on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park visit planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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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 3rd (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park online vacation planner .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Alpine Lakes Loop, stroll through Great Basin National Park, and then Head underground at Lehman Caves.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Great Basin National Park road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Great Basin National Park
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Lehman Caves ©
Lehman Caves
Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City vacation website .

Explore your travel options from Great Basin National Park to Salt Lake City with the Route module. Traveling from Great Basin National Park to Salt Lake City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 67°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 6th (Mon), you'll travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then hike along Artist Point.

Plan my day in Yellowstone National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Yellowstone National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Caldwell.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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Caldwell

Caldwell ©
Caldwell is a city in and the county seat of Canyon County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and then make a splash at Roaring Springs Waterpark.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Caldwell trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yellowstone National Park to Caldwell. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August: high temperatures in Caldwell hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Caldwell

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Roaring Springs Waterpark, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
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Roaring Springs Waterpark ©
Roaring Springs Waterpark
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge ©

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Skyline Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mount Rainier National Park attractions planning website .

Explore your travel options from Caldwell to Mount Rainier National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Marysville.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

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Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier

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Marysville

Marysville
Marysville is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States, part of the Seattle metropolitan area. For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Marysville trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Marysville. In August in Marysville, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 52°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), you're off toCrater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Marysville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls and then contemplate the long history of Rim Village.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park visit planning website .

Explore your travel options from Marysville to Crater Lake National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Rim Village Visitor Center ©
Rim Village Visitor Center
Vidae Falls ©
Vidae Falls

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Redwood National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Crater Lake National Park to Redwood National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Redwood National Park are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. You'll set off for Lassen Volcanic National Park on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lassen Volcanic National Park road trip site .

Explore your travel options from Redwood National Park to Lassen Volcanic National Park with the Route module. On the 11th (Sat), you'll travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 11th (Sat), browse the exhibits of Tallac Historic Site and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe travel route site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lassen Volcanic National Park to South Lake Tahoe. August in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Bay State Park
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Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

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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.
For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker site .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park in 3.5 hours. In August in Yosemite National Park, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 43°F at night. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

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Highlights from your plan
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

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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.
For photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August; daily highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 55°F. You will leave for Santa Cruz on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Cruz online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Santa Cruz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Expect colder weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in August: highs in Santa Cruz hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 54°F. On the 14th (Tue), you'll travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

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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.
For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Santa Cruz to Joshua Tree National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Cruz in August; daily highs in Joshua Tree National Park reach 107°F and lows reach 77°F. On the 15th (Wed), you're off toGrand Canyon National Park.
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Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock

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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.
To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, temps between 80°F and 50°F. On the 16th (Thu), you're off tohome.

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