51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

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51 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Sydney
car:  24​h 30​min
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
3
Canyonlands National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
7
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Crescent City
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
11
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
12
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Step off the beaten path and head to Amphitheater Lake and Oxbow Bend. Get outdoors at Teton Raptor Center and Leigh Lake. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, explore the wealth of natural beauty at String Lake, make a trip to Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and hike along Cascade Canyon Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park vacation site .

Sydney, Australia to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Grand Teton National Park is minus 17 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Jackson Hole
Highlights from your plan
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Jenny Lake ©
Jenny Lake
Amphitheater Lake ©
Amphitheater Lake

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Washburn and Old Faithful. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Yellowstone Lake. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the dramatic natural features at Biscuit Basin, admire all the interesting features of Artist Point, and take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. September in Yellowstone National Park sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at White Rim Trail and Broken Arch. Step out of the city life by going to Fisher Towers and Little Wild Horse Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canyonlands National Park: Skyline Arch (in Arches National Park) and John Wesley Powell River History Museum (in Green River). And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon, get great views at Green River Overlook, and cruise along Scenic Byway of Highway 128.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Utah, Arches National Park, John Wesley Powell River History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Little Wild Horse Canyon ©
Little Wild Horse Canyon
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail
Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch

5
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 Bright Angel Trail and North Kaibab Trail. Explore hidden gems such as South Kaibab Trail and Lookout Studio. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, don't miss a visit to Powell Point, trek along Rim Trail, and get great views at Mohave Point.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Grand Lake Nordic Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Bear Lake. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake to see The Beach at Grand Lake about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan and take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park attractions planning website .

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Narrows and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Get in touch with nature at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Zion National Park side-trips: Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor (in Virgin) and Rock Stop (in Orderville). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon and immerse yourself in nature at Snow Canyon State Park.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Zion National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Zion National Park are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Snow Canyon State Park, The Rock Stop, Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, Kodachrome Basin State Park
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 10th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Snoqualmie Falls, then don't miss a visit to Seattle Center, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kerry Park, then kick back and relax at Golden Gardens Park, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Seattle sightseeing planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Seattle in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, expect nights in Seattle to be somewhat warmer, around 11°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Crescent City.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Snoqualmie Falls
Highlights from your plan
Snoqualmie Falls ©
Snoqualmie Falls
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach
Golden Gardens Park ©
Golden Gardens Park

4
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lone Ranch Beach and Redwood National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Trinidad State Beach and Lady Bird Johnson Grove. Get out of town with these interesting Crescent City side-trips: Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor (in Brookings) and Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy (in Orick). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Enderts Beach and indulge your taste buds at Rumiano Cheese Co.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Crescent City travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Crescent City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Crescent City can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Crescent City

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Brookings, Redwood National Park, Orick, Trinidad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park
Enderts Beach ©
Enderts Beach
Lady Bird Johnson Grove ©
Lady Bird Johnson Grove

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 17th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at San Francisco Botanical Garden, delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, and then kick back and relax at Baker Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Half Moon Bay State Beach.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip site .

Getting from Crescent City to San Francisco by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, San Francisco is a bit warmer than Crescent City - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, Half Moon Bay State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve
Half Moon Bay State Beach ©
Half Moon Bay State Beach

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Visiting Tuolumne Meadows and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, don't miss a visit to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along May Lake Trailhead, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of -1°C. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at China Beach and Sunset State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Point Isabel and Waddell State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville) and Limantour Beach (in Point Reyes National Seashore). Enjoy San Francisco some more: stroll through Rodeo Beach, snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Limantour Beach, Point Isabel, Sunset State Beach, Waddell Beach, Rodeo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Limantour Beach ©
Limantour Beach
China Beach ©
China Beach

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