20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Portland
Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Santa Barbara
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Glendale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mecca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
car:  7​h 30​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
car:  7​h
8
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Burney
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Portland

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Redwood National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park driving holiday planner .

Portland to Redwood National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Portland in July; daily highs in Redwood National Park reach 64°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally take in the views from Bixby Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Sur journey maker site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Redwood National Park to Big Sur. July in Big Sur sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

5
nights
Santa Barbara

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Barbara: Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail (in Avila Beach), Camarillo Public Library (in Camarillo) and Pismo Pier (in Pismo Beach). And it doesn't end there: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, make a trip to Santa Barbara Harbor, admire the masterpieces at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and get a taste of the local shopping with State Street Underpass.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Barbara travel planner .

Drive from Big Sur to Santa Barbara in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. While traveling from Big Sur, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Barbara, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 60°F. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Glendale.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks Tours Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Hans Christian Andersen Park, Camarillo Public Library, Pismo Pier
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Old Mission Santa Barbara ©
Old Mission Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County Courthouse ©
Santa Barbara County Courthouse

1
night
Glendale

Glendale ©
Glendale is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. On the 10th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at The Americana at Brand.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glendale online route planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Glendale takes 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Barbara in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Glendale: highs are around 83°F and lows about 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Glendale

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Norton Simon Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Americana at Brand ©
The Americana at Brand
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

1
night
Mecca

Mecca ©
Mecca is an unincorporated community located in Riverside County, California, United States. On the 11th (Thu), stroll through Ladder Canyon Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Oasis Date Gardens, and then try your luck at Augustine Casino. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Box Canyon Road and then see the interesting displays at International Banana Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mecca trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Glendale to Mecca takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Glendale, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Mecca, ranging from highs of 107°F to lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Mecca

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Oasis Date Gardens, Augustine Casino
Highlights from your plan
Oasis Date Gardens ©
Oasis Date Gardens
International Banana Museum ©
International Banana Museum
Augustine Casino ©
Augustine Casino

2
nights
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, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park journey planner .

Traveling by car from Mecca to Joshua Tree National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 103°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Kings Canyon National Park. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 98°F and lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park

3
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7 hours. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 46°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Fri) before leaving for Burney.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
Burney

Burney
Burney is an unincorporated town and census-designated place (CDP) in Shasta County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): shop like a local with Large Junk Art Sculptures.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Burney trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Burney. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Burney: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Burney

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Large Junk Art Sculptures

1
day
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 29th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Rim Village Visitor Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park road trip planning site .

Portland to Crater Lake National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Portland in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Crater Lake National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rim Village Visitor Center ©
Rim Village Visitor Center

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