36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Taxi to Beatty, Bus to St. George, Taxi to Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lake Powell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Ferry to Bainbridge Ferry Terminal, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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North Cascades National Park
Drive to Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park online day trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, steep yourself in history at General Sherman Tree, and explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 13th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then get great views at Dante's View, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Death Valley National Park online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park takes 7 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's much more to do: get great views at Observation Point, admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in May, with highs in Zion National Park at 28°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Lake Powell

— 2 nights
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. On your second day here, trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Powell online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Lake Powell. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lake Powell when traveling from Zion National Park in May, with lows around 15°C. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 19th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lake Powell to Monument Valley takes 6.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lake Powell in May: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 27°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Cañon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Canyonlands National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in May, things will get little chillier in Colorado Springs: highs are around 23°C and lows about 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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 24th (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and finally take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver journey website.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 25th (Tue), trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. May in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook and then explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): hike along Trail of the Cedars, explore the activities along Lake McDonald, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Glacier National Park at 22°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on Discover Nature. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, trek along Skyline Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Grove of the Patriarchs, and admire the verdant scenery at Paradise Valley.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park trip builder app.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Mount Rainier National Park are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll around Waterfall Garden Park, take a leisurely stroll along Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then appreciate the history behind Fremont Troll, then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and finally get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then stop by Chukar Cherries, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Seattle trip planner.

Getting from Mount Rainier National Park to Seattle by shuttle takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Seattle when traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in June, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stroll through Sol Duc Falls and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Olympus and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Seattle in June, with highs in Olympic National Park at 22°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our North Cascades National Park road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Olympic National Park to North Cascades National Park with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in North Cascades National Park are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.