9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Reno Tahoe International Airport, Drive to Olympic Valley
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Olympic Valley
— 1 day
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
Drive
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Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Fly

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Olympic Valley

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Tahoe Cross Country and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Olympic Valley travel itinerary planner.

Durham to Olympic Valley is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In March, Olympic Valley is slightly colder than Durham - with highs of 50°F and lows of 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Olympic Valley

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): go for a walk through Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Olympic Valley to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Olympic Valley in March, you will find days in San Francisco are somewhat warmer (65°F), and nights are much hotter (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

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Big Sur

— 1 night

Big Country of the South

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 29th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pfeiffer State Beach, snap pictures at Big Creek Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Sur journey maker app.

Getting from San Francisco to Big Sur by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Big Sur are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Big Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 28 — 29:

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

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 30th (Tue): hike along Big Baldy and then hike along Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Big Sur to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Big Sur in March, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 29 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Yosemite Valley Biking, then identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, and finally hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Washburn Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the striking landscape of Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, and finally take some stellar pictures from Valley View.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in March: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 53°F, while lows dip to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 2nd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, then go deep underground at Eureka Mine, then take some stellar pictures from Aguereberry Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip maker website.

Explore your travel options from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Death Valley National Park to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in April: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 69°F and lows are around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks
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