17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  11​h 15​min
1
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Death Valley National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mammoth Lakes
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
San Diego
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then look for gifts at Monument Valley Navajo Market, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley route builder tool .

Washington DC to Monument Valley is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Monument Valley when traveling from Washington DC in May, with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Nature Parks
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Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market

1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): trek along Alstrom Point and then trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake Powell online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Lake Powell takes 7 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lake Powell, with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Alstrom Point
Highlights from your plan
Alstrom Point ©
Alstrom Point

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Inspiration Point, then take some stellar pictures from Paria View, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker website .

You can drive from Lake Powell to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. While traveling from Lake Powell, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Bryce Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

1
day
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): hike along Wildrose Peak Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Dante's View.

Discover how to plan a Death Valley National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dante's View ©
Dante's View

1
night
Mammoth Lakes

Mammoth Lakes ©
Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. On the 30th (Thu), get great views at Minaret Vista, get engrossed in the history at Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin, and then explore the activities along McLeod Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mammoth Lakes journey website .

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Mammoth Lakes in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: highs in Mammoth Lakes hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
McLeod Lake ©
McLeod Lake
Minaret Vista ©
Minaret Vista
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin ©
Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin

2
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.
On the 31st (Fri), admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, examine the collection at Yosemite Museum Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then get answers to all your questions at Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, then get great views at Tunnel View, and then walk around Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park sightseeing planner .

Take a bus from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias ©

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, explore and take pictures at Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks, then pause for some photo ops at Johnny Lang Grave, and then take in the awesome beauty at Eureka Peak.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from San Francisco to Joshua Tree National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are much warmer (102°F), and nights are a bit warmer (73°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks

4
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.
San Diego is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, beaches, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through San Diego Zoo, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld San Diego, let the kids burn off some steam at Balboa Park, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Diego day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. While traveling from Joshua Tree National Park, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in San Diego, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
Balboa Park ©
Balboa Park

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