36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Devils Tower
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle/Boeing Field, Fly to Medford
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Crater Lake National Park
— 7 nights
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Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Half Dome. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip maker.

Santa Monica to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Santa Monica, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Joshua Tree National Park

— 1 night
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Joshua Tree National Park online journey maker.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are much warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature

Las Vegas

— 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planning tool.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon South Rim and North Rim Visitor Center. On the 7th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take in the pleasant sights at The Trail of Time, take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 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. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Las Vegas - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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 9th (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Monument Valley at 36°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
On the 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip maker app.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Columbine Lake Trail has been added to your itinerary. Family-friendly places like Trail Ridge Road and Lily Lake will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool.

Getting from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Arches National Park in August since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Devils Tower

— 2 nights
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery, then examine the collection at Hulett Museum, then look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, and finally pause for some photo ops at Wind Circles. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): go for a walk through Tower Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Devils Tower National Monument.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Devils Tower online holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Devils Tower takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Devils Tower are slightly colder (32°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, identify plant and animal life at Hayden Valley, and contemplate the waterfront views at Firehole River.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park journey maker.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. In August, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Devils Tower - with highs of 24°C and lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Glacier National Park

— 4 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.
On the 22nd (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's lots more to do: hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along McDonald Creek, take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Glacier National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 33°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Bring the kids along to Ruby Beach and Crescent Lake. When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Quinault Big Spruce Tree in Quinault, approximately Quinault away. There's more to do: stroll through Hurricane Ridge and take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park journey builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Glacier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Olympic National Park. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Crater Lake National Park

— 7 nights
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Explore Crater Lake National Park's surroundings by going to Salt Creek Falls (in Oakridge), Umpqua National Forest (in Umpqua) and Collier Memorial State Park (in Chiloquin). Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Crater Lake National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Toketee Falls, stroll through Garfield Peak, and take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park trip planner.

Fly from Olympic National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Olympic National Park in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Crater Lake National Park: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 18°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.