21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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San Diego
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
— 1 night
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Oakland
— 3 nights
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Drive to San Francisco International Airport, Fly to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Drive to Redwood National Park
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport, Fly to Canyonlands Field, Drive to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights

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Big Bend National Park

— 2 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): trek along Sam Nail Ranch and then explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Big Bend National Park trip maker.

Austin to Big Bend National Park is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Austin in May: highs in Big Bend National Park hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 3rd (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Mather Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, then get great views at Hopi Point, then make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 15 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Big Bend National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Zion National Park

— 1 night
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 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park, then take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, and then explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park route site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 7th (Sun), stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then trek along Queen's Garden Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge.

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

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, Bryce Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · 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 8th (Mon), examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then stop by The LINQ Promenade, and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 103°F and lows are around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 9th (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Point Loma, then appreciate the history behind The Unconditional Surrender, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach. On the next day, stroll around La Jolla Shores Park and then stroll through Pacific Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Diego takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for much colder days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
On the 11th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, then kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, then admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and finally snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur sightseeing site.

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Big Sur takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in June, things will get a bit cooler in Big Sur: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oakland.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Oakland

— 3 nights
Explore hidden gems such as VJB Cellars and O'Brien Estate Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oakland: Kunde Family Winery (in Kenwood), Judd's Hill MicroCrush (in Napa) and Rutherford (Frog's Leap Winery & Peju Winery).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oakland online vacation planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Oakland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Oakland

Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 15th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove and then explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Redwood National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Oakland to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Oakland in June, expect Redwood National Park to be little chillier, temps between 63°F and 49°F. You will leave for Arches National Park on the 16th (Tue).

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 17th (Wed), hike along Fiery Furnace, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Pothole Arch.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Redwood National Park to Arches National Park. Traveling from Redwood National Park to Arches National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Redwood National Park in June, expect nights in Arches National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 61°F, while days are much hotter, around 95°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in June; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 89°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 19th (Fri), learn about winemaking at Hahne Estates Winery, then immerse yourself in nature at Pedernales Falls State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hamilton Pool Preserve, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sitagu Buddha Vihara. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally admire the striking features of The Driskill.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Austin day trip site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Austin by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for much hotter nights in Austin, with lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.