36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
2
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
3
San Simeon
— 1 night
4
Monterey
— 3 nights
5
San Francisco
— 5 nights
6
Niagara Falls
— 6 nights
7
Keystone
— 4 nights
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along North Dome, and stroll through Lembert Dome.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Mechanicsville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Mechanicsville in September, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

4
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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.
Visit General Sherman Tree and The Presidente tree for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Giant Forest and General Grant Tree Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Death Valley National Park (Dante's View & Zabriskie Point). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Kings Canyon National Park, hike along Buena Vista Peak Trail, stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much warmer, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Death Valley National Park, The Presidente tree
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Moro Rock Trail ©
Moro Rock Trail
Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest

1
night
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of the Elephant Seal, then kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Simeon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in San Simeon when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Hearst Castle ©
Hearst Castle

3
nights
Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Carmel River State Beach. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, McWay Falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Monterey Bay, stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge, and explore the world behind art at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Monterey holiday planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from San Simeon in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Big Sur, Pacific Grove, Carmel
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

5
nights
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 Alcatraz Island and Lands End. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, and see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

Plan my day in San Francisco using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Monterey to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in San Francisco are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

6
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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Popular historic sites such as Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation and St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Niagara Wax Museum of History and Niagara Falls Discovery Center. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and get a new perspective on things with Maid of the Mist.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from San Francisco to Niagara Falls in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Niagara Falls, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Maid of the Mist
Maid of the Mist
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Take a break from the city and head to Iron Mountain Road and Presidential Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gutzon Borglum Historical Center and Keystone Historical Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Custer (Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway, Stockade Lake, &more). There's much more to do: hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, take an in-depth tour of South Dakota State Railroad Museum, and explore the activities along Grace Coolidge Creek.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Keystone online holiday planner.

Fly from Niagara Falls to Keystone in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Keystone due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Niagara Falls in October; daily highs in Keystone reach 57°F and lows reach 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Hill City
Highlights from your plan
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Pelican Creek Trail, explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, and finally hike along Purple Mountain Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip website.

You can fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Keystone in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lake Butte Overlook ©
Lake Butte Overlook
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Monument Geyser Basin ©
Monument Geyser Basin