21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
South San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
9
Washington DC
— 2 nights
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Dublin

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.
Get in touch with nature at Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Canyon National Park using our trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 10th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, trek along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Yosemite Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip website .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 12.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Big Sur in 5.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: highs in Big Sur hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to South San Francisco.

Things to do in Big Sur

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

3
nights
South San Francisco

South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Step out of the city life by going to Muir Woods National Monument and Tall Trees Grove. Venture out of the city with trips to Pescadero (Bean Hollow State Beach & Bean Hollow State Beach, Pebble Beach) and Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa).

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our South San Francisco trip planning tool .

Getting from Big Sur to South San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in South San Francisco

#Parks, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadero, Wine Tours & Tastings, Tall Trees Grove, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Bean Hollow State Beach ©
Bean Hollow State Beach

1
day
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen travel planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South San Francisco to Aspen. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from South San Francisco to Aspen. Traveling from South San Francisco in June, expect nights in Aspen to be a bit cooler, around 7°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

#Nature, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Sun), stroll through Buena Vista River Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Buena Vista, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista River Park ©
Buena Vista River Park

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 17th (Mon), head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canon City trip site .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Canon City is a bit warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 37°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 18th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Visiting Tidal Basin and National Zoological Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get a sense of history and politics at White House, get lost in a book at Library of Congress, and pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Washington DC takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Colorado Springs to Washington DC. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 24°C in Washington DC. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Washington DC

#Museums, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Memorial ©
Lincoln Memorial
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

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