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 day
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
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.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Taft Point will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Panorama Trail, and stroll through Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

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. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Yosemite National Park is minus 18 hours. While traveling from Sydney, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can 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

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then grab your bike and head to Truckee Bike Park, and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic Valley trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough 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 outdoors at Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Van Sickle Bi-State Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and stroll through Baldwin Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe day trip planning app .

Getting from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Olympic Valley in July, expect somewhat 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

Emerald Bay State Park, Eagle Falls Trail
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): stroll through Redwood National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at California Coastal Trail and then hike along Trillium Falls Hike.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Redwood National Park trip 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 somewhat warmer, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, 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
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek, and finally explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Death Valley National Park in 13 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, things will get much hotter in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 45°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

1
day
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 25th (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Death Valley National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, look for all kinds of wild species at Gibbon Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Mesa Verde National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 26°C and lows are around 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.
Get in touch with nature at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Popular historic sites such as Twin Peaks and City Lights Booksellers are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, San Francisco is a bit warmer at night with lows of 16°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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