20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 3 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly
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Carmel
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly

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Death Valley National Park

— 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 22nd (Tue), explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and then contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Death Valley National Park driving holiday planner.

Bern, Switzerland to Death Valley National Park is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Bern to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bern in October, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Explore hidden gems such as Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. Take a break from the city and head to South Kaibab Trail and Yaki Point. There's much more to do: hike along Rim Trail, look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing tool.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Get outdoors at Bell Rock and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Devil's Bridge Trail, look for gifts at Absolute Bikes, make a trip to Sedona Airport Overlook, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then take in the exciting artwork at LaFave Gallery, and then trek along Angel's Landing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): stroll through The Narrows.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Sedona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Zion National Park, with lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

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), get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip and then ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas journey planner.

You can 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Zion National Park in November, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 68°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Carmel.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Casinos

Carmel

— 3 nights
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. On the 4th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, trek along Partington Cove, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Carmel trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Carmel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Carmel sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and China Beach. Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, approximately St. Helena away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. November in San Francisco sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.