52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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1
New York City
— 3 nights
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
3
Jackson Hole
— 4 nights
4
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
9
Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
10
Olympic Valley
— 1 day
11
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
12
San Francisco
— 4 nights
13
Palo Alto
— 1 night
14
Monterey
— 3 nights
15
Big Sur
— 3 nights
16
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
17
Denver
— 2 nights

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Paul's Chapel and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read New York City holiday maker site.

Zagreb, Croatia to New York City is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zagreb in September, with highs in New York City at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to 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
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and Lower Geyser Basin. It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Beehive Geyser and trek along Osprey Falls Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip builder site.

You can fly from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In September, Yellowstone National Park is much colder than New York City - with highs of °C and lows of °C. You'll set off for Jackson Hole on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Teton and Wild Things of Wyoming. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Wildlife Art and Mangelsen Images of Nature. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Moose (Glacier View Turnout & Chapel of the Transfiguration) and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Oxbow Bend and hike along Teton Pass.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Jackson Hole trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough 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

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple Square and The Tabernacle. Get a sense of the local culture at Salt Lake Temple and Golden Spike National Historic Site. Venture out of the city with trips to American Fork (Timpanogos Cave National Monument & American Fork Canyon). There's more to do: hike along Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

For other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City tour planner.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Jackson Hole in September; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach °C and lows reach °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 Peek-A-Boo Loop. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rim Trail and Fairyland Loop Trail. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Fairyland Loop Trail ©
Fairyland Loop Trail

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zion National Park and Zion Shuttle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Narrows and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. It doesn't end there: hike along Angel's Landing.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to 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

3
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.
Get outdoors at Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Mather Point and Rim Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and make a trip to Powell Point.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10 hours. In October, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Zion National Park - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
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. Get in touch with nature at Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Explore Las Vegas' surroundings by going to Helicopter Tours (in Boulder City), Atlatl Rock (in Overton) and Willow Beach (in Fort Mohave). It doesn't end there: try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas road trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Overton, Helicopter Tours, Willow Beach
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

3
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Badwater Basin and Artists Dr. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zabriskie Point and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Go for a jaunt from Death Valley National Park to Amargosa Valley to see Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: get great views at Dante's View and contemplate the long history of Eureka Mine.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Death Valley National Park when traveling from Las Vegas in October, with lows around °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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day
Olympic Valley

Olympic Valley ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, thengrab your bike and head to Truckee River Bike Trail, and then stroll through Eagle Rock Hiking Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic Valley tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Olympic Valley in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Death Valley National Park, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Olympic Valley, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
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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), steep yourself in history at Tallac Historic Site, enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiva Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through El Dorado Beach and then explore the historical opulence of Vikingsholm.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Olympic Valley to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. October in South Lake Tahoe sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Baldwin Beach ©
Baldwin 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 a sense of the local culture at Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Discover out-of-the-way places like Muir Woods National Monument and Bodega Dunes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville), V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena) and Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner). There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, learn about all things military at USS Pampanito, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip maker app.

You can drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (°C), and nights are warmer (°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Palo Alto.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castello di Amorosa, Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, Muir Woods National Monument, V. Sattui Winery, Goat Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve ©
Armstrong Redwood State Reserve
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa

1
night
Palo Alto

Palo Alto ©
Palo Alto is a charter city located in the northwest corner of Santa Clara County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area of the United States.Palo Alto was established by Leland Stanford Sr. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Filoli and then take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palo Alto trip planner.

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

Things to do in Palo Alto

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tall Trees Grove, Filoli
Highlights from your plan
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Filoli ©
Filoli

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Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Point Lobos and Carmel River State Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Monterey Bay. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Breakwater and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pacific Grove Shoreline Parkway Marine Refuge.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Monterey journey site.

Traveling by car from Palo Alto to Monterey takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Palo Alto in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Beaches

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.
Visit Mission San Antonio de Padua and New Camaldoli Hermitage for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Parsonage Winery Tasting Room and Cima Collina. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls, immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, kick back and relax at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and stroll through Partington Cove.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Big Sur trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monterey to Big Sur takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glacier Point and Olmsted Point. Get in touch with nature at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. Venture out of the city with trips to Lee Vining (Mono Lake County Park & Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve) and Bodie State Historic Park (in Bridgeport). There's much more to do: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, get all the information you need at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, stroll through Panorama Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Big Sur to Yosemite National Park in 17 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in October, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

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

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Evans and Summit Lake Park. Denver Botanic Gardens and Hotel de Paris Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Georgetown (Georgetown Firefighting Museum & Clear Creek Canyon) and Echo Lake Park (in Evergreen). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Denver by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Denver due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in October since evenings lows in Denver dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Museums

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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