10 days in United States Itinerary
10 days in United States Itinerary
Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Sedona
— 1 night
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Reno, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
— 1 night
Wed, May 12 - Fri, May 21
Sedona — 1 night
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): walk around Crescent Moon Picnic Site, stroll through Brin's Mesa Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Soldier Pass, then trek along Fay Canyon Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Mountain Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Airport Loop Trail, cruise along Schnebly Hill Vista Overlook, stroll through Huckaby Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.
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Washington to Sedona is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Sedona is minus 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Sedona can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, get great views at Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.
To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip website.
Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are colder with lows around 33°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 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.On the 16th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take some stellar pictures from Valley View, then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and finally take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): see human ingenuity at work at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, admire the sheer force of Wapama Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest, and finally hike along May Lake Trailhead.
To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip planner.
Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 34°F. You will leave for Yellowstone National Park on the 18th (Tue).
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Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Paintpots, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Steamboat Geyser. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Black Sand Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring.
To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary site.
Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moab.
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Moab — 1 night
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.
To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moab tour itinerary planner.
Traveling by combination of flight and car from Yellowstone National Park to Moab takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May; daily highs in Moab reach 76°F and lows reach 49°F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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United States travel guide
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.