31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: McAllen
Drive:  9 h 45 min
1
El Paso
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 10 nights
Bus:  3 h
3
Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
South Lake Tahoe
— 6 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Reno
— 6 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: McAllen

2
nights
El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at War Eagles Air Museum, learn about winemaking at Sombra Antigua Winery, then learn about winemaking at La Vina Winery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, then identify plant and animal life at Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of San Albino.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the El Paso trip itinerary builder .

McAllen to El Paso is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from McAllen to El Paso. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from McAllen in August, with highs in El Paso at 93°F and lows at 71°F. You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 6th (Tue).

Things to do in El Paso

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Las Cruces, War Eagles Air Museum, La Vina Winery, Sombra Antigua Winery
Highlights from your plan
War Eagles Air Museum ©
War Eagles Air Museum
St. Patrick Cathedral ©
St. Patrick Cathedral
Basilica of San Albino ©
Basilica of San Albino

10
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Four Mile Trail and Nevada Falls Loop. Bodie and Yosemite Valley Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Yosemite National Park side-trips: Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport) and Lee Vining (Mono Basin Historical Society & Mono Lake County Park). Spend the 10th (Sat) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from El Paso to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from El Paso in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Truckee.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Taft Point ©
Taft Point

6
nights
Truckee

Truckee ©
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Visiting Empire Mine State Historic Park and Lake Tahoe will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Sand Harbor and Burnt Cedar Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: Tahoe Meadows Whole Access Interpretive Trail (in Incline Village), Tahoe City (Gatekeeper's Museum & Commons Beach Park) and West Coast Falconry (in Marysville). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lake Basin Recreation Area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads, and take an in-depth tour of Plumas County Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Truckee online trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Truckee with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August since evenings lows in Truckee dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Incline Village, Tahoe City, Graeagle, Plumas County Museum, West Coast Falconry
Highlights from your plan
Burnt Cedar Beach ©
Burnt Cedar Beach
West Coast Falconry ©
West Coast Falconry
Western Pacific Railroad Museum ©
Western Pacific Railroad Museum

6
nights
South Lake Tahoe

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.
Popular historic sites such as Tallac Historic Site and Vikingsholm are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Renwood Winery and Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Lake Tahoe: Jeff Runquist Wines (in Plymouth), Boeger Winery (in Placerville) and Grover Hot Springs State Park (in Markleeville). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, stroll through Lakeside Beach, head outdoors with SWA Watersports, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe route site .

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Truckee in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in South Lake Tahoe, with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Reno.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Plymouth, Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, D.L. Bliss State Park, Fallen Leaf Lake, Grover Hot Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin Beach
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park

6
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Appreciate the collections at Nevada State Museum and National Automobile Museum. St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church and Grimes Point Archaeological Area will appeal to history buffs. Explore Reno's surroundings by going to Virginia City (Mackay Mansion, The Way It Was Museum, & more), Grizzly Ranch Golf Club (in Portola) and Nevada State Capitol Building (in Carson City). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Animal Ark, get advice or help at Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, get to know the fascinating history of Truckee River Walk, and try to win big at Casino at Silver Legacy Resort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Reno day trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Reno takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Reno is a bit warmer than South Lake Tahoe - with highs of 92°F and lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Reno

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Virginia City, Carson City, Grimes Point Archaeological Area, Grizzly Ranch Golf Club
Highlights from your plan
Nevada State Capitol Building ©
Nevada State Capitol Building
Fourth Ward School Museum ©
Fourth Ward School Museum

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