18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Seattle
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then see the interesting displays at LeMay - America's Car Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Glass, and finally don't miss a visit to Chihuly Bridge of Glass. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle sightseeing planner.

Calgary, Canada to Seattle is an approximately 13-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Seattle is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Calgary in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've now added Alcatraz Island to your itinerary. On the 7th (Tue), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco trip planning site.

You can drive from Seattle to San Francisco in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
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 9th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Main Beach. Next up on the itinerary: see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Los Angeles in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Childrens Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zion National Park online tour planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Zion National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 40°C to lows of 17°C. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, taxi, and shuttle. In July, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Zion National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.