9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 day
bus:  6​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 45​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorium and Cable Car Museum. There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lincoln Park.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip itinerary planning website .

Tampa to San Francisco is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Tampa to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Tampa, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Japanese Tea Garden ©
Japanese Tea Garden

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Pfeiffer State Beach, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and then trek along Partington Cove.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Big Sur day trip planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

1
day
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock, then delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then cruise along Generals Hwy.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Big Sur in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Giant Forest ©
Giant Forest
Moro Rock ©
Moro Rock
Generals Hwy ©
Generals Hwy

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Olmsted Point. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park route maker .

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Yosemite National Park to be much colder, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along South Kaibab Trail, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip website .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum

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