18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Forks
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
North Cascades National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  26​h
End: Dandridge

2
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Get in touch with nature at Trillium Falls Hike and Redwood National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Redwood National Park journey planner .

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Redwood National Park to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Garfield Peak and Annie Creek Canyon. Take a break from the city and head to Castle Crest Wildflower Trail and Watchman Peak. Venture out of the city with trips to Umpqua National Forest (in Umpqua) and National Creek Falls (in Prospect). There's more to do: stroll through Pinnacles Trail and take in the dramatic scenery at Vidae Falls.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Redwood National Park in September, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are somewhat warmer (83°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Neskowin.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Umpqua National Forest, National Creek Falls, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, California Coastal Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove
California Coastal Trail ©
California Coastal Trail
Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak

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nights
Forks

Forks ©
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): kick back and relax at Second Beach, see the interesting displays at Forks Timber Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Tree Root Cave. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Quillayute River, examine the collection at John's Beachcombing Museum, then look for gifts at Native to Twilight, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Forks trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Forks in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Crater Lake National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Forks, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Forks

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Second Beach, Second Beach
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Second Beach ©
Second Beach
Quillayute River ©
Quillayute River
Forks Timber Museum ©
Forks Timber Museum

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Deer Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Murhut Falls, and then hike along Ozette Loop Hike.

For photos, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Forks to Olympic National Park with the Route module. In September in Olympic National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Deer Park ©
Deer Park
Ozette Loop Hike ©
Ozette Loop Hike

3
nights
North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Visiting North Cascades National Park and Table Mountain Glacier will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cutthroat Lake and Stehekin River. Get out of town with these interesting North Cascades National Park side-trips: Fraser Valley (in Fraser), Artist Point (in Deming) and Rockport State Park (in Rockport). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Skyline Divide and see human ingenuity at work at Diablo Dam.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the North Cascades National Park road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Olympic National Park to North Cascades National Park. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Glacier, Rockport State Park, Stehekin River, Artist Point, Fraser Valley
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
North Cascades National Park ©
North Cascades National Park
Skyline Divide ©
Skyline Divide

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nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 30th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Garden Wall, then stroll through Cracker Lake Hike, then take in the dramatic natural features at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Bullhead Lake, head outdoors with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike, and then explore the activities along Iceberg Lake.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from North Cascades National Park to Glacier National Park with the Route module. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from North Cascades National Park to Glacier National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from North Cascades National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Glacier National Park, with lows of 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden Wall ©
Garden Wall
Baring Falls ©
Baring Falls
Iceberg Lake ©
Iceberg Lake

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