45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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45 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Drive:  14​h 15​min
1
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lake Powell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Zion National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Death Valley National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + bus:  8​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunset Point and Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Escape the urban bustle at Navajo Loop Trail and Peek-A-Boo Loop. Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Fairyland Loop Trail. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Under-the-Rim Trail. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, take in the pleasant sights at Paria View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bryce Amphitheatre, and hike along Queen's Garden Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park route planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Bryce Canyon National Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 8 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Bryce Canyon National Park when traveling from Amsterdam in May, with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre

2
nights
Lake Powell

Lake Powell ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Ticaboo Canyon and then trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Powell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Lake Powell takes 6 hours. While traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lake Powell, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Trail and Desert View Watchtower. Take a break from the city and head to Mather Point and South Kaibab Trail. On the 2nd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and head outdoors with Bar 10 Ranch Activities.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Lake Powell to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Lake Powell in May, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Observation Point and Canyon Overlook Trail. Get outdoors at Zion's Main Canyon and Zion National Park. Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at East Rim Trail. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, stroll through Angel's Landing, and explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 40°C and lows reach 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

6
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Valley of Fire State Park and Mount Charleston. Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Henderson and see Lion Habitat Ranch, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Spend the 16th (Sun) riding across the waves with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. There's much more to do: have fun at Gun Garage, have some family-friendly fun at Dig This, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas day trip site .

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zion National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 46°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Valley of Fire State Park, Helicopter Tours, Lion Habitat Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

5
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zabriskie Point and Devil's Golf Course. Get outdoors at Artists Dr and Artists Palette. Step out of Death Valley National Park with an excursion to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, get great views at Father Crowley Vista Point, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and stroll through Telescope Peak trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip planning website .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 43°C and 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Artists Palette ©
Artists Palette
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sentinel Dome and Tioga Pass. Visiting El Capitan and Yosemite Falls will get you outdoors. Spend the 27th (Thu) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. Spend the 30th (Sun) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, trek along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, and make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park road trip planning app .

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Escape the urban bustle at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve and Marin Headlands. Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lands End. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Presidio of San Francisco. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, and tee off at Lincoln Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the San Francisco driving holiday planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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