21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  18​h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
5
New York City
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  27​h
End: Queenstown

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park, and head off the coast to Alcatraz Island.

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

Queenstown, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 20 hours traveling from Queenstown to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
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, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, stroll through Lembert Dome, and get great views at Tunnel View.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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.
On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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.
On the 13th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. Spend the 14th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 18°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and make a trip to Rockefeller Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City is 2 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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