31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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31 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  2​h
1
Sacramento
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Redding
— 9 nights
drive:  8​h
3
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Bus + Drive:  6​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
9
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Sacramento

Sacramento
The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): stroll through Loch Leven Lakes Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sacramento vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco to Sacramento is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Sacramento: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 12°C at night. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel to Redding.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries Parks Tours

9
nights
Redding

Redding ©
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Anderson River Park and Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Step out of the city life by going to Clover Creek Preserve Trail and Whiskeytown Lake. Take a break from Redding with a short trip to Sacramento River Bend Area in Red Bluff, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bethel Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Redding road trip tool .

You can drive from Sacramento to Redding in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Redding, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 6°C at night. You will leave for South Lake Tahoe on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Redding

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Sacramento River Bend Area, Anderson River Park
Highlights from your plan
Turtle Bay Exploration Park ©
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Anderson River Park ©
Anderson River Park
Sacramento River Bend Area ©
Sacramento River Bend Area

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Big Trees Lodge, National Historic Landmark and Yosemite Valley Chapel. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, make a trip to Olmsted Point, and admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in November, expect little chillier with lows of -8°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite, Tunnel View ©
Yosemite, Tunnel View
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon and then steep yourself in history at Harmony Borax Works.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park attractions planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Yosemite National Park in November; daily highs in Death Valley National Park reach 22°C and lows reach 4°C. You will leave for Las Vegas on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works

7
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore and learn at Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and Bodies The Exhibition. Escape the urban bustle at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Mojave Desert. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Little Finland (in Mesquite) and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (in Alamo). There's much more to do: get your game on at Dig This, shop like a local with The Strip, examine the collection at Shelby American Inc, and enjoy some diversion at Machine Guns Vegas.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planning site .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Las Vegas. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mojave Desert, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Little Finland
Highlights from your plan
Dig This ©
Dig This
Apocalypse Vegas ©
Apocalypse Vegas

1
night
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): trek along Kayenta Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town).

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in November, with highs in Zion National Park at 19°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town) ©
Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)

1
night
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, and finally take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Farview Point and then trek along Navajo Loop Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park online trip builder .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in November; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 9°C and lows reach -9°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Yavapai Geology Museum and Kolb Studio. Step out of the city life by going to Inner Canyon and Trailview Overlook. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, shop like a local with Lookout Studio, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, and take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park route website .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in November, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (14°C), and nights are about the same (-6°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 28th (Thu), look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles travel site .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum ©
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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