21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Make it your trip
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
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Bus to Redding Amtrak, Train to Klamath Falls, OR, Bus to Crater Lake, OR, Taxi to Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Seattle, Fly to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Arch Rock, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park day trip planner.

Chicago to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Devil's Golf Course, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, then take in breathtaking views at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Mariposa Grove, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, and stroll through Nevada Falls Loop.

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Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Go for a jaunt from Redwood National Park to Forks of Salmon to see Klamath National Forest about 3h 30 min away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove, kick back and relax at Enderts Beach, and trek along California Coastal Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Crater Lake National Park

— 3 nights
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
When in Crater Lake National Park, make a side trip to see Umpqua National Forest in Umpqua, approximately Umpqua away. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Toketee Falls, head off the coast to Wizard Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint, and steep yourself in history at Rim Village Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Crater Lake National Park road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 13 hours. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Redwood National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Crater Lake National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Olympic National Park

— 3 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Olympic National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Olympus, stroll through Second Beach Trail, and trek along Sol Duc Falls.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park online holiday planner.

You can fly from Crater Lake National Park to Olympic National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Crater Lake National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, then admire the sheer force of Comet Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on Discover Nature.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mount Rainier National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daily temperatures in Mount Rainier National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

United States travel guide

4.5
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.