20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
1
Custer
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
4
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  6​h 45​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 15​min
8
Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): look for gifts at Goodtyme Photo and then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Custer holiday tool .

Washington DC to Custer is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect nights in Custer to be cooler, around 48°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Keystone
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

2
nights
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.
On the 25th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Hidden Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River, then take in the awesome beauty at Teton Point Turnout, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, then take in the awesome beauty at Potholes Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and finally explore the activities along Leigh Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Grand Teton National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Custer in June since evenings lows in Grand Teton National Park dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Leigh Lake ©
Leigh Lake
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart

3
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Loop Road and Firehole Canyon Drive. Step out of the city life by going to Old Faithful and Artists’ Paintpots. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, hike along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, identify plant and animal life at Beryl Spring, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

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 30th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and finally admire all the interesting features of Generals Hwy. On the next day, trek along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) 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
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Lakes Trail in Sequoia 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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Nevada Falls Loop will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Sentinel Dome and Four Mile Trail. The adventure continues: make a trip to Olmsted Point, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and hike along Panorama Trail.

Plan a trip to Yosemite National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 6 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Death Valley National Park, with highs around 101°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Moran Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (84°F), and nights are much colder (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Moran Point ©
Moran Point

3
nights
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): trek along Watchman Peak, take a peaceful walk through Umpqua National Forest, then take in the dramatic scenery at National Creek Falls, then hike along Castle Crest Wildflower Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnacles Trail. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sun Notch Trail, stroll through Annie Creek Canyon, and then hike along Garfield Peak.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 16.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Crater Lake National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Crater Lake National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Klamath Museum, National Creek Falls, Umpqua National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak
Garfield Peak ©
Garfield Peak
Sun Notch Trail ©
Sun Notch Trail

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