20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Bern
+2
train + Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  16​h
End: Bern

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park itinerary planner .

Bern, Switzerland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bern to Death Valley National Park is minus 9 hours. In October, Death Valley National Park is somewhat warmer than Bern - with highs of 79°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Mather Point. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and stop by Canyon Village Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sedona.

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
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Do your shopping at Absolute Bikes and Psychic Readings by Nirup. Visiting Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), look for gifts at Village Rock Shop of Sedona, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Sedona trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 77°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 55°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Absolute Bikes
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, get a taste of the local shopping with LaFave Gallery, and then hike along Angel's Landing. Keep things going the next day: trek along The Narrows.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Zion National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Sedona in October since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

LaFave Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 2nd (Sat), take a stroll through The Strip and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in November; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 68°F and lows reach 47°F. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Wynn Las Vegas ©
Wynn Las Vegas
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets ©
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

3
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): stroll through Carmel River State Beach and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then hike along Partington Cove, then stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Carmel trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in November, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Big Sur
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and China Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, browse the exhibits of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Francisco takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Francisco are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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