20 days in United States Itinerary

20 days in United States Itinerary

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20 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Traverse City
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
San Francisco
— 1 day
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Los Angeles
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  9 h 30 min
4
Seattle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Astoria
— 1 night
+6
Bus + Taxi + Train + Bus + Foot + Fly + Drive:  11 h 30 min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h 45 min
7
Big Sur
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Traverse City

1
day
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Francisco road trip website .

Traverse City to San Francisco is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Traverse City in March, things will get warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 65°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium
Cable Car Museum ©
Cable Car Museum

1
night
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look and learn at Griffith Observatory and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disney California Adventure Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Anaheim, Santa Monica Pier
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 30:
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Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

2
nights
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 31st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Yavapai Geology Museum and then hike along Rim Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in March, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be much colder, around 23°F, while days are little chillier, around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

4
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Space Needle and Pike Place Market will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Seattle: Olympic National Park (Mount Ellinor, Mount Walker, & more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, contemplate the waterfront views at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Seattle is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Seattle, with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Bellevue Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Seattle Aquarium ©
Seattle Aquarium
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

1
night
Astoria

Astoria ©
Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Fort Stevens State Park, then take in the views from Astoria-Megler Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Maritime Museum, and finally stroll through Astoria Column.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Astoria sightseeing planner .

Drive from Seattle to Astoria in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daily temperatures in Astoria can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Astoria Column ©
Astoria Column
Fort Stevens State Park ©
Fort Stevens State Park
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Grand Geyser and Porcelain Basin make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, explore and take pictures at Virginia Cascade Drive, and explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Astoria to Yellowstone National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Astoria to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Astoria in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 42°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Big Sur.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Family-friendly places like Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer State Beach will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: trek along Partington Cove, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park, immerse yourself in nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at McWay Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Big Sur itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Big Sur takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Big Sur is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, things will get warmer in Big Sur: highs are around 64°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach

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