38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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38 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
3
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Great Basin National Park
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Overton
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
11
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Niland
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
13
Quemado
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
14
Marfa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Boston

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Badlands National Park and White River Valley Overlook. Visiting Panorama Point Overlook and Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead will get you outdoors. Step out of Badlands National Park with an excursion to Oglala Lakota College Historical Center in Kyle--about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Saddle Pass Trail, stroll through Castle Trail, explore the striking landscape of Bigfoot Pass Overlook, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Sage Creek Wilderness Area.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park road trip app .

Boston to Badlands National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Badlands National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in May, plan for little chillier nights in Badlands National Park, with lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oglala Lakota College Historical Center, Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park
Sage Creek Wilderness Area ©
Sage Creek Wilderness Area
Oglala Lakota College Historical Center ©

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mud Volcano and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Change things up with a short trip to Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in May; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 53°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone Historic Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin

3
nights
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.
Visiting Fiery Furnace and Courthouse Towers will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Double Arch and Sego Canyon Petroglyphs. Change things up with a short trip to Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in Gateway (about 58 minutes away). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch and don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park trip builder .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In May, Arches National Park is warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sego Canyon Petroglyphs, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Arch and White Rim Road. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Island in the Sky and Horseshoe Canyon. And it doesn't end there: hike along White Rim Trail, stroll through Cave Spring, explore the striking landscape at Elephant Hill, and take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In May in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Cave Spring ©
Cave Spring

3
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Narrows and Zion National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Temple of Sinawava Trail and Riverside Walk. It doesn't end there: hike along Watchman Trail.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Zion National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect little chillier evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

1
night
Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
On the 6th (Thu), hike along Baker Lake Trail, then walk around Great Basin National Park, then Head underground at Lehman Caves, and finally trek along Alpine Lakes Loop. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Stella Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Teresa Lake, and then hike along Baker Creek Loop Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Great Basin National Park journey builder website .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in June; daily highs in Great Basin National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Baker
Highlights from your plan
Lehman Caves ©
Lehman Caves
Stella Lake ©
Stella Lake
Teresa Lake ©
Teresa Lake

2
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Manzanar National Historic Site and Laws Railroad Museum. Get in touch with nature at Grant Grove and Grizzly Falls. When in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, make a side trip to see Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Congress Trail and stroll through Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Basin National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Basin National Park in June: high temperatures in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bishop, Manzanar National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Grant Grove ©
Grant Grove
Manzanar National Historic Site ©
Manzanar National Historic Site
Congress Trail ©
Congress Trail

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get outdoors at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Mosaic Canyon. Step off the beaten path and head to Titus Canyon and Twenty Mule Team Canyon. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, and take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park route planning app .

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Overton.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Titus Canyon ©
Titus Canyon
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon ©
Twenty Mule Team Canyon

1
night
Overton

Overton ©
Overton is an Unincorporated Town located in Clark County, Nevada. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lost City Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Elephant Rock, and then trek along Mouse's Tank.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Overton trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Overton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Overton, with lows around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Overton

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Elephant Rock
Highlights from your plan
Mouse's Tank ©
Mouse's Tank
Lost City Museum ©
Lost City Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yavapai Point and Kolb Studio. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Powell Point, and admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Overton to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Overton in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
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.
On the 18th (Tue), trek along Split Rock, steep yourself in history at Keys Ranch, and then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating landscape at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, take an in-depth tour of General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be much warmer, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 102°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Niland.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

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Niland

Niland ©
Niland is a census-designated place in Imperial County, California. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Glamis Sand Dunes, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salvation Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): get impressive views of Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field, then see the interesting displays at International Banana Museum, and then walk around Salton Sea.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Niland itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Niland takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Niland, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect Niland to be much hotter, temps between 107°F and 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Quemado.

Things to do in Niland

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glamis Sand Dunes, Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum, International Banana Museum, Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Salton Sea ©
Salton Sea
Salvation Mountain ©
Salvation Mountain
Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum ©
Imperial Valley Pioneers Museum

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Quemado

Quemado
Quemado is a census-designated place in Catron County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at The Lightning Field.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Quemado vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Quemado takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Quemado hover around 96°F, while lows dip to 63°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you're off toMarfa.

Things to do in Quemado

Parks Nature

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Marfa

Marfa ©
Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center & Botanical Garden and then admire the majestic nature at Davis Mountains State Park. On the next day, view the masterpieces at Judd Foundation and then admire all the interesting features of Davis Mountain Scenic Loop.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Marfa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Quemado to Marfa by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Quemado to Marfa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quemado in June, expect nights in Marfa to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are slightly colder, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marfa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Fort Davis
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Davis Mountains State Park ©
Davis Mountains State Park
Judd Foundation ©
Judd Foundation

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