12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Laramie, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
Bus
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Fly
9
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Drive to Kings Beach
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Kings Beach
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
13
Great Basin National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
On the 19th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cub Lake Trail and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sky Pond.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Detroit to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in September, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are slightly colder (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can fly to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 21st (Wed), explore and take pictures at Ruins Road and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 21:
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park route builder tool.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 21 — 22:
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Capitol Reef National Park — 1 night

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park hover around 70°F and lows are around 40°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you're off to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 22 — 23:

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 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Wall Street and then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park visit planning website.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 1 night

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Zion National Park at 84°F and lows at 48°F. You will leave for Grand Canyon National Park on the 24th (Sat).
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Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

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 24th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 75°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Petrified Forest National Park.
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Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Petrified Forest National Park — 1 night

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): stroll through Blue Mesa.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Grizzly Falls and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park road trip tool.

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Petrified Forest National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 90°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kings Beach.
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Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Kings Beach — 1 night

Kings Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Placer County, California, United States on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kings Beach day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Kings Beach. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, you will find days in Kings Beach are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are colder (34°F). You'll set off for Yosemite National Park on the 27th (Tue).
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

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 27th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, then take some stellar pictures from Valley View, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kings Beach to Yosemite National Park. September in Yosemite National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, and then take in breathtaking views at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park day trip website.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September: highs in Death Valley National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Great Basin National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Great Basin National Park — 1 night

Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
On the 29th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Wheeler Peak and then Head underground at Lehman Caves.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Great Basin National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Great Basin National Park with the Route module. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September: highs in Great Basin National Park hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Arches National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 28 — 29:

Arches National Park — 1 night

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch and then trek along Landscape Arch.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip planning tool.

Getting from Great Basin National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Great Basin National Park in September, with highs in Arches National Park at 84°F and lows at 55°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.
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