52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
14
Seattle
— 4 nights
Drive
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North Cascades National Park
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, stroll through Panorama Trail, and walk around Mariposa Grove.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park visit planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Melbourne in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Yosemite National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

A Land of Giants

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.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known for nature, historic sites, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Giant Forest, stroll through Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls, and get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in May: highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 17th (Mon), hike the day away at Telescope Peak trail. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Dante's View, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, take in the dramatic natural features at The Devil's Speedway, and explore the stunning scenery at Titus Canyon.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. In May in Death Valley National Park, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Observation Point, take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle, explore and take pictures at Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and hike along Angel's Landing.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in May: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 28°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Monument Valley

— 3 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monument Valley: Muley Point Overlook (in Mexican Hat) and Cow Canyon Trading Post (in Bluff). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Off-Road Tours, hike along Wildcat Trail, and stroll around Sandstone Tours.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Monument Valley takes 5.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Monument Valley can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): hike along White Rim Trail.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park takes 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs vacation maker tool.

Fly from Canyonlands National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in May, expect Colorado Springs to be little chillier, temps between 23°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs), Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour (in Georgetown) and Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City). And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Denver travel route app.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road.

Plan trip to Yellowstone National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, and bus. In June, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 22°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, then trek along Avalanche Lake, and then explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, things will get a bit warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around 28°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Narada Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Comet Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mount Rainier National Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Mount Rainier National Park. In June, daytime highs in Mount Rainier National Park are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Nature · Parks

Olympic National Park

— 4 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
When in Olympic National Park, make a side trip to see Merriman Falls in Quinault, approximately Quinault away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurricane Ridge, take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park, hike along High Divide, and admire the sheer force of Bunch Creek Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Olympic National Park trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Mount Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in June, you will find days in Olympic National Park are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

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.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Olympic National Park to Seattle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Olympic National Park in June; daily highs in Seattle reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

North Cascades National Park

— 1 night
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Ross Lake National Recreation Area.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our North Cascades National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Seattle to North Cascades National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in June, plan for little chillier nights in North Cascades National Park, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Nature · Parks
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.