47 days in United States Itinerary

47 days in United States Itinerary

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47 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
1
San Francisco
— 21 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
6
Redwood National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
7
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
bus + taxi:  7​h
8
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

21
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley), Healdsburg (Gracianna Winery & Jordan Vineyard & Winery) and Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena). The adventure continues: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, walk around Golden Gate Park, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco holiday planner .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): try your luck at Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): hike along Mt. Tallac Trail and then contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from San Francisco in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay State Park
Highlights from your plan
Vikingsholm ©
Vikingsholm
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Mt. Tallac Trail ©
Mt. Tallac Trail

3
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.
On the 29th (Tue), hike along Mariposa Grove, then take some stellar pictures from Washburn Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the geological forces at Panum Crater, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then examine the collection at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mono Lake Vista Point.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online route maker .

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 6.5 hours. September in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, Mono Lake Vista Point, Panum Crater
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Artist Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, stroll through Rim Trail, and trek along South Kaibab Trail.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, flight, and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 22°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

4
nights
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Venture out of the city with trips to Orick (Freshwater Lagoon & Gold Bluffs Beach). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park, take in breathtaking views at Fern Canyon, enjoy the sand and surf at Enderts Beach, and hike along California Coastal Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park road trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October since evenings lows in Redwood National Park dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Orick, Fern Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Trillium Falls Hike ©
Trillium Falls Hike

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, historic sites, museums, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take a memorable drive along Artists Dr.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park itinerary planner .

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Death Valley National Park in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Redwood National Park in October, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then hike along Angel's Landing. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in October: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 27°C and lows are around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
nights
Monument Valley

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Moki Dugway, then see Off-Road Tours, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, make a trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip maker tool .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Monument Valley, with lows around 6°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Off-Road Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

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