52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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Redwood National Park
— 1 day
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
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Bend
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 1 night
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
19
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Page
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Lake Havasu City
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 1 night
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Big Sur
— 1 night

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Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Redwood National Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park trip site.

San Rafael to Redwood National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Traveling from San Rafael in October, you will find days in Redwood National Park are a bit cooler (64°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

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Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island, then hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr, and finally admire the sheer force of Vidae Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Redwood National Park in October, you will find days in Crater Lake National Park are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bend.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Wizard Island ©
Wizard Island

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Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Change things up with a short trip to Smith Rock State Park in Redmond (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Deschutes River, take in the dramatic scenery at Tumalo Falls, see the interesting displays at High Desert Museum, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bend online holiday maker.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Bend in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Crater Lake National Park in October, with highs in Bend at 62°F and lows at 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Portland.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Smith Rock State Park
Highlights from your plan
Smith Rock State Park ©
Smith Rock State Park
Deschutes River ©
Deschutes River
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Oregon Zoo, admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Portland day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Bend to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bend in October since evenings lows in Portland dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
International Rose Test Garden ©
International Rose Test Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Pittock Mansion ©
Pittock Mansion

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
On the 14th (Wed), get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, don't miss a visit to Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then look for gifts at Lion Heart Book Store, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, admire the natural beauty at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and then explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. October in Seattle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Bellevue Botanical Garden
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 16th (Fri), take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then kick back and relax at Ruby Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, explore the activities along Crescent Lake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Storm King.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Seattle to Olympic National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Olympic National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park ©
The star attraction of Mt.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Rainier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Shadows, then trek along Skyline Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Narada Falls. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Nisqually River and then take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mount Rainier National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Trail ©
Skyline Trail
Mount Rainier ©
Mount Rainier
Narada Falls ©
Narada Falls

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
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 20th (Tue): get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park holiday site.

Fly from Mount Rainier National Park to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Glacier National Park, with lows of 31°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Wed) before leaving for Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Jackson Glacier Overlook ©
Jackson Glacier Overlook
McDonald Creek ©
McDonald Creek

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Solitary Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sapphire Pool, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online trip maker.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Glacier National Park in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 47°F and 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, then stroll through Jenny Lake Trail, and then cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park trip website.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect nights in Grand Teton National Park to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Jenny Lake Trail ©
Jenny Lake Trail
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, take a memorable drive along Loop Road, and then explore the striking landscape of Panorama Point Overlook.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park road trip app.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 65°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally stroll through Tundra Communities Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Bierstadt Lake, then explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and finally explore the activities along Lily Lake.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bierstadt Lake
Bierstadt Lake

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver online day trip planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art ©
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windows, then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and finally get great views at Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, stroll through Devils Garden Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, and finally hike along Tunnel Arch.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park journey builder tool.

You can fly from Denver to Arches National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In October in Arches National Park, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 3rd (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then enjoy unforgettable views with Canyonlands Ballooning, and then push the limits with Skydive Moab.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab holiday app.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Moab takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Skydive Moab ©
Skydive Moab

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
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.
Canyonlands National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, trek along Pothole Point Trail, stroll through Shafer Trail, and take a memorable drive along White Rim Road.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park travel planning app.

Drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Shafer Canyon Overlook

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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 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): trot along with a tour on horseback, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley travel route website.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. In November, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Off-Road Tours

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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.
On the 10th (Tue), stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Paria View, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park tour builder site.

Drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in November, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Paria View ©
Paria View

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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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along The Narrows.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 61°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 13th (Fri), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam, and then explore the striking landscape at Coyote Buttes. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Horseshoe Bend and then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Page trip planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by combination of car and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in November since evenings lows in Page dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glen Canyon Dam, Coyote Buttes
Highlights from your plan
Coyote Buttes ©
Coyote Buttes
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, trek along Rim Trail, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Page in November, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 54°F and lows about 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lake Havasu City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Tusayan General Store
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City ©
Lake Havasu City is a city in Mohave County, Arizona, United States. On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Havasu, get a new perspective on things with Rubba Duck Safari, and then try to win big at Havasu Landing Casino. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Sara Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Lake Havasu State Park, and then take in the views from London Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake Havasu City trip builder app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Havasu City by car takes about 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Havasu City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, expect Lake Havasu City to be warmer, temps between 76°F and 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Lake Havasu City

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rubba Duck Safari ©
Rubba Duck Safari
London Bridge ©
London Bridge
Sara Park ©
Sara Park

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Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Dante's View, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Funeral Mountains.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Lake Havasu City to Death Valley National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Lake Havasu City in November, expect Death Valley National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Dante's View ©
Dante's View
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point

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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.
Joshua Tree National Park is known for nature, parks, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, don't miss a visit to Arch Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Joshua Tree National Park when traveling from Death Valley National Park in November, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Barbara trip planner.

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Santa Barbara by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Santa Barbara, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 46°F at night. You'll set off for Big Sur on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Pfeiffer State Beach, explore the galleries of Hawthorne Gallery, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, then take in the views from Bixby Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Rocky Creek Bridge. On your second day here, stroll through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, and then trek along Partington Cove.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sur day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to Big Sur takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara in November, expect nights in Big Sur to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Rocky Creek Bridge ©
Rocky Creek Bridge
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove

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