52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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52 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly + bus:  14​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  9​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Olympic Valley
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Palo Alto
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
14
Monterey
— 3 nights
bus:  45​min
15
Big Sur
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h
16
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
17
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zagreb

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New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your inner history buff will appreciate 9/11 Memorial and St. Paul's Chapel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, make a trip to Times Square, and admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New York City route tool .

Zagreb, Croatia to New York City is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zagreb to New York City. Traveling from Zagreb in September, things will get somewhat warmer in New York City: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©

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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 off the beaten path and head to Grand Prismatic Spring and Artist Point. Get outdoors at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, trek along Osprey Falls Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and car from New York City to Yellowstone National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 18°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Let the collections at National Museum of Wildlife Art and Mangelsen Images of Nature capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and Oxbow Bend. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson Hole: Moose (Glacier View Turnout & Chapel of the Transfiguration). Spend the 19th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Teton Raptor Center, head outdoors with Wild Things of Wyoming, and trek along Teton Pass.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole travel planning app .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Teton National Park, Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
National Museum of Wildlife Art ©
National Museum of Wildlife Art

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nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Get some historical perspective at Temple Square and Golden Spike National Historic Site. Visiting American Fork Canyon and Timpanogos Cave National Monument will get you outdoors. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple and stroll through Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip planner.

You can fly from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Jackson Hole in September, expect Salt Lake City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

American Fork, Golden Spike National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Rim Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Peek-A-Boo Loop and Bryce Amphitheatre. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Fairyland Loop Trail.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 24°C and lows reach 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and The Narrows. Escape the urban bustle at Zion National Park and Angel's Landing. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 34°C and lows about 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

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

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Rim Trail and Mather Point. On the 3rd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Powell Point.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in October: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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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.
Get some cultural insight at The Mob Museum and The Neon Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Valley of Fire State Park and Willow Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Helicopter Tours (in Boulder City) and Atlatl Rock (in Overton). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Overton, Willow Beach, Helicopter Tours
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Visiting Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dante's View and Artists Dr. Take a break from Death Valley National Park with a short trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine and make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park planning website .

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Las Vegas in October since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Olympic Valley.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
On the 11th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, then grab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, and then stroll through Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Olympic Valley route builder site .

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Olympic Valley takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Olympic Valley, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, Truckee River Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan

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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.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baldwin Beach, and then stroll through Kiva Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at El Dorado Beach, step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip planner .

Drive from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Kiva Beach ©
Kiva Beach
El Dorado Beach ©
El Dorado Beach
Tallac Historic Site ©
Tallac Historic Site

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get outdoors at Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castello di Amorosa and Goat Rock Beach. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), Bodega Dunes (in Bodega) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take in the awesome beauty at Twin Peaks, brush up on your military savvy at USS Pampanito, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco attractions planner.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Palo Alto.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Goat Rock Beach, Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Bodega Dunes
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

1
night
Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, admire the masterpieces at Filoli, and then take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palo Alto online visit planner .

You can drive from San Francisco to Palo Alto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Palo Alto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Filoli, Tall Trees Grove, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Filoli ©
Filoli
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve ©

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Carmel River State Beach and Monterey Bay. Visit Point Lobos and Breakwater for some beach relaxation. Spend the 20th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Del Mar Beach and stroll through Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

Discover how to plan a Monterey trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Palo Alto to Monterey in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Palo Alto in October, expect nights in Monterey to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Carmel, Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mission San Antonio de Padua and New Camaldoli Hermitage. Step off the beaten path and head to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and McWay Falls. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, hike along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, do a tasting at Cima Collina, and stroll through Partington Cove.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Big Sur tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carmel Valley, Mission San Antonio de Padua
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
McWay Falls ©
McWay Falls

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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 Bodie State Historic Park and Mono Lake County Park. Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Tunnel View. Change things up with a short trip to Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve in Lee Vining (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and stroll through Panorama Trail.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park with the Route module. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Big Sur in October since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lee Vining, Bodie State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Tunnel View ©
Tunnel View
Bodie State Historic Park ©
Bodie State Historic Park
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Mount Evans and River Rafting & Tubing. Take a break from the city and head to Summit Lake Park and Clear Creek Canyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Echo Lake Park (in Evergreen) and Georgetown (Georgetown Firefighting Museum & Hotel de Paris Museum). There's more to do: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Denver by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 5°C in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Georgetown, Idaho Springs, Echo Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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