11 days in Western US Itinerary

11 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive
2
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Las Vegas
— 1 day
Fly

S M T W T F S
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Palm Springs — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): make a splash at Palm Desert Aquatic Center, then see Off-Road Tours, and then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Palm Springs trip itinerary planning app.

Philadelphia to Palm Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Palm Springs is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in June, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Palm Springs: temperatures range from 106°F by day to 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Joshua Tree National Park.
more
Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 29 — 30:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

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.
On the 30th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden, then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park tour planner.

Getting from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park can reach 102°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 2:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, then take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, and then cruise along Generals Hwy. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, make a trip to General Sherman Tree, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, expect Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 98°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
more
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 4:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Yosemite National Park — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, cruise along Artists Dr, explore the stunning scenery at Golden Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stovepipe Wells Village, don't miss a visit to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Daylight Pass, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Death Valley National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 101°F by day to 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.
more
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip

Las Vegas — 1 day

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and then immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas route maker site.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.
more
Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:
Find places to stay with best proximity to your trip