50 days in United States Itinerary

50 days in United States Itinerary

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50 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
9
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Auckland

6
nights
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Santa Monica State Beach. Get some cultural insight at The Getty Center and California Science Center. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Anaheim (Oak Canyon Nature Center & Disneyland Park). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Will Rogers State Beach, take a stroll through Hancock Park, immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier.

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Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -20 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Auckland in March: highs in Los Angeles hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk

5
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at La Jolla Cove and Black's Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Diego: Lions, Tigers & Bears (in Alpine) and Swami's Beach (in Encinitas). The adventure continues: hike along Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, explore the stunning scenery at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park.

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You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Swami's Beach, Lions, Tigers & Bears
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Lions, Tigers & Bears ©
Lions, Tigers & Bears

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Barker Dam Trail and Ryan Mountain. The adventure continues: admire nature's extreme beauty at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and trek along 49 Palms Canyon Trail.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

You can drive from San Diego to Joshua Tree National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from San Diego in March, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are a bit cooler (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks

8
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: trek along Rim Trail, stroll through Cape Final Trail, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, and take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in March: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 16°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Back Mountain and Monument Geyser Basin. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Natural Bridge Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, take in the natural beauty of Aurum Geyser, and take in the awesome beauty at Old Gardiner Road.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, shuttle, and car. Expect colder weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley

2
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Cache La Poudre Wilderness, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sleepy Hollow County Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Hallett Peak.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Cache La Poudre Wilderness ©
Cache La Poudre Wilderness

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 North Dome and Cathedral Beach Picnic Area. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at McGurk Meadow, explore the striking landscape of Elizabeth Lake, hit the slopes at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area, and trek along Mariposa Grove.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Estes Park to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Estes Park to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Estes Park in April, with highs in Yosemite National Park at 17°C and lows at -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
North Dome ©
North Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake

1
night
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 12th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, then explore the striking landscape of Crater Lake National Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Crater Lake National Park day trip planning website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in April: high temperatures in Crater Lake National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint ©
Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint
Watchman Peak ©
Watchman Peak

7
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 Baker Beach. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Filbert Street Stairs are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Modus Operandi Cellars), Inglenook (in Rutherford) and Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery & Sapphire Hill Winery). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, learn about winemaking at Press Club, shop like a local with Union Square, and identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Crater Lake National Park to San Francisco takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Healdsburg, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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