26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

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26 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  19​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Olympic Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Redwood National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuolumne Meadows and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, trek along Four Mile Trail, stroll through Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

Discover how to plan a Yosemite National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, subway, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 33°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Olympic Valley.

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

1
night
Olympic Valley

Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park, and then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Olympic Valley trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Olympic Valley. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, Olympic Valley is slightly colder at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Truckee, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Get in touch with nature at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Eagle Falls Trail, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe trip planner.

You can drive from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Olympic Valley in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in South Lake Tahoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Eagle Falls Trail, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

1
night
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along California Coastal Trail and then hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Redwood National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Redwood National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, expect nights in Redwood National Park to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then cruise along Artists Dr, and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works. On the next day, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, and then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Redwood National Park in July; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 45°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Mount Washburn and Grand Prismatic Spring. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Artists’ Paintpots.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park road trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from Death Valley National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 26°C and lows reach 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visiting Alcatraz Island and Lincoln Park will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Twin Peaks and Filbert Steps. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, and make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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