34 days in United States Itinerary

34 days in United States Itinerary

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34 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  7​h
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Marin Headlands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and VJB Cellars. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, play a few rounds at Lincoln Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planning tool .

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

VJB Cellars, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin Headlands, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Olmsted Point, explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Valley View and then make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Plan my day in Yosemite National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is much colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Cloud's Rest ©
Cloud's Rest

2
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, and then trek along Mount Whitney Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Roaring River Falls and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can take a bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be warmer, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mount Whitney Trail
Highlights from your plan
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Mount Whitney Trail ©
Mount Whitney Trail

2
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, then take in breathtaking views at Titus Canyon, and then explore the activities along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: see a world frozen in time at Ghost Town of Schwab, then contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, and then take in the awesome beauty at Panamint Range.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. In September, daytime highs in Death Valley National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spring Mountains Visitor Center and then explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Las Vegas online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September since evenings lows in Las Vegas dip to 25°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Spring Mountains Visitor Center, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Mount Charleston ©
Mount Charleston
The Strip ©
The Strip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lipan Point and Moran Point. Take a break from the city and head to Powell Point and Yavapai Point. There's much more to do: get great views at Yaki Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, stroll around Indian Garden, and make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in September: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Moran Point ©
Moran Point

3
nights
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 17th (Tue): get great views at Fairyland Point, explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre, then hike along Rim Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bryce Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capitol Reef National Park and Notom Road Scenic Backway. Step out of the city life by going to Navajo Knobs Trail and Cathedral Valley Loop. Change things up with a short trip to Factory Butte in Caineville (about 58 minutes away). There's more to do: hike along Chimney Rock Trail.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park
Factory Butte ©
Factory Butte

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nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Get outdoors at Mesa Arch and Island in the Sky. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at White Rim Trail and Horseshoe Canyon. And it doesn't end there: trek along Confluence Overlook Trail, stroll through White Rim Road, and get great views at Grand View Point Overlook.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park online route maker .

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in September, with highs in Canyonlands National Park at 34°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
White Rim Road ©
White Rim Road
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Delicate Arch and Double Arch. Get in touch with nature at Fiery Furnace and Landscape Arch. Change things up with a short trip to Sego Canyon Petroglyphs in Thompson (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Tower Arch, don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, stroll through Tunnel Arch, and trek along Turret Arch.

Planning Arches National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 29th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Warner Point and then take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 4 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in September; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 30°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 1st (Tue), explore the activities along South Zapata Lake and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect little chillier evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, with lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mosca
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
South Zapata Lake ©
South Zapata Lake

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park, then explore the striking landscape at Roxborough State Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Denver travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in October, Denver is a bit warmer at night with lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Roxborough State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Cherry Creek State Park, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park

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