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Common and touristic Information about USA


San Francisco - Southern California - Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - National Parks in Utah - Yellowstone - Rocky Mountains - New Mexico - Guadalupe Mountains - Arizona - Los Angeles


Short info

Return flight Frankfurt - San Francisco and Los Angeles - Frankfurt, the hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well as the rental car booked from Germany, everything else organized on-site. Overnight in a tent where this was possible and useful (especially in the national parks), otherwise mostly in motels.

The map


The Route <
TagPlace, routeActivityDistance
Day 1 Frankfurt - San FranciscoFlight, Transfer 
Day 2 San FranciscoSightseeing San Francisco: Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Sea lions at Pier 39, etc. 
Day 3 San FranciscoSightseeing San Francisco: Civic Center, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill etc. 
Day 4 San FranciscoSightseeing San Francisco: Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge etc. 
Day 5 San Francisco - MontereyHighway 1; Santa Cruz; City tour Monterey: Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf137 mi, 220 km
Day 6 Monterey - Morro Bay17-Mile-Drive; Big Sur; Point Piedras Blancas154 mi, 248 km
Day 7 Morro Bay - Sequoia NPHighway 41; Visalia; Sequoia NP: Giant Forest203 mi, 327 km
Day 8 Sequoia NP - Hume LakeSequoia NP: Giant Forest, Crescent Meadow Drive, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree; Hume Lake Trail59 mi, 95 km
Day 9 Hume LakeKings Canyon NP: Scenic Drive, Cedar Grove Overlook Trail65 mi, 105 km
Day 10Hume Lake - FresnoKings Canyon NP: Grant Grove, General Grant Tree89 mi, 143 km
Day 11Fresno - Yosemite NPYosemite Valley: Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, Vernal Falls, etc.110 mi, 177 km
Day 12Yosemite NP - Lee ViningYosemite NP: 4-Mile-Trail, Glacier Point, Tioga Road146 mi, 235 km
Day 13Lee Vining - Lone PineMono Lake, Mammoth Lakes179 mi, 288 km
Day 14Lone Pine - Stove Pipe WellsWhitney Portal: Lone Pine Lake Trail; Death Valley NP: Mosaic Canyon111 mi, 179 km
Day 15Stove Pipe Wells - PahrumpDeath Valley NP: Badwater, Natural Bridge, Artist's Drive, Golden Canyon, Zabriskie Point, Dante's View177 mi, 285 km
Day 16Pahrump - Las VegasRed Rock Canyon: Scenic Drive, short hikes99 mi, 159 km
Day 17Las VegasHotel tour on the Strip2 mi, 3 km
Day 18Las Vegas - Grand Canyon NPBoulder dam; Ash Fork; Grand Canyon NP: Mather Point299 mi, 481 km
Day 19Grand Canyon NPHike Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, Rim Trail7 mi, 11 km
Day 20Grand Canyon NP - Mexican HatGrand Canyon East Rim Drive; Tuba City; Monument Valley213 mi, 343 km
Day 21Mexican Hat - Canyon de Chelley NMNatural Bridges NM; Canyon de Chelley NM: South Rim Drive246 mi, 396 km
Day 22Canyon de Chelley NM - Mesa Verde NPCanyon de Chelley NM: White House Trail, North Rim Drive; Cortez198 mi, 319 km
Day 23Mesa Verde NPMesa Verde NP: Long House Tour, Spruce Tree House, Mesa Top Loop, Balcony House Tour76 mi, 122 km
Day 24Mesa Verde NP - Arches NPArches NP: Windows Section, Delicate Arch Trail, Devils Garden etc.184 mi, 296 km
Day 25Arches NP - Capitol Reef NPArches NP: Devils Garden; Moab; Capitol Reef NP: Hickman Bridge Trail189 mi, 314 km
Day 26Capitol Reef NP - Bryce Canyon NPCapitol Reef NP: Scenic Drive, Grand Wash Trail, Capitol Gorge Trail; Canyon Route151 mi, 243 km
Day 27Bryce Canyon NP - Mt.CarmelBryce Canyon NP: Navajo Trail, Scenic Drive, Bristlecone Loop Trail118 mi, 190 km
Day 28Mt.Carmel - Zion NPZion NP: Scenic Drive, Emerald Pools Trail, Watchman Trail; Springdale37 mi, 60 km
Day 29Zion NPZion NP: Scenic Drive, Angels Landing Trail, Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock etc.0 mi, 0 km
Day 30Zion NP - Salt Lake CityCedar Breaks NM: Scenic Drive; Salt Lake City: City tour338 mi, 554 km
Day 31Salt Lake City - Grand Teton NPWasatch Mountains; Bear Lake; Alpine; Jackson; Grand Teton NP361 mi, 581 km
Day 32Grand Teton NP - Yellowstone NPYellowstone NP: Lower und Midway Geyser Basin; West Yellowstone180 mi, 290 km
Day 33Yellowstone NPYellowstone NP: Southern round (Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Old Faithful)109 mi, 175 km
Day 34Yellowstone NPYellowstone NP: Northern round (Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone)118 mi, 90 km
Day 35Yellowstone NPWest Yellowstone38 mi, 61 km
Day 36Yellowstone NP - Grand Teton NPYellowstone NP: Mount Washburn Trail, Mud Volcano; Grand Teton NP: Signal Mountain142 mi, 228 km
Day 37Grand Teton NP - RawlinsGrand Teton NP: Amphitheater Lake Trail, Jenny Lake Scenic Drive; Lander; Rawlins308 mi, 496 km
Day 38Rawlins - Rocky Mountain NPRocky Mountain NP: Deer Mountain231 mi, 372 km
Day 39Rocky Mountain NPRocky Mountain NP: Longs Peak33 mi, 53 km
Day 40Rocky Mountain NP - DenverRocky Mountain NP: Flattop Mountain, Hallet Peak; Drive to Denver95 mi, 153 km
Day 41Denver - Mt.ElbertCity tour Denver: Capitol, 16th Street Mall, etc.; Drive to Mount Elbert125 mi, 201 km
Day 42Mt.Elbert - Great Sand Dunes NMMount Elbert Trail; Great Sand Dunes NM152 mi, 245 km
Day 43Great Sand Dunes NM - Bandelier NMCity tour Taos; Bandelier NM: Frijoles Canyon192 mi, 309 km
Day 44Bandelier NM - Santa FéBandelier NM: Tsankawi Trail; City tour Santa Fé65 mi, 105 km
Day 45Santa Fé - Red Canyon/ManzanoCity tour Albuquerque; Salinas NM: Quarai Section147 mi, 237 km
Day 46Red Canyon/Manzano - CarlsbadSalinas NM: Grand Quivara Section; Lincoln; Roswell: UFO Museum; Carlsbad275 mi, 442 km
Day 47Carlsbad - Guadalupe Mountains NPCarlsbad Caverns NP: Natural Entrance Trail; Guadalupe Mountains: Guadalupe Peak Trail72 mi, 116 km
Day 48Guadalupe Mountains NPGuadalupe Mountains NP: Bush Mountain, Hunter Peak, Bear Canyon0 mi, 0 km
Day 49Guadalupe Mountains NP - LordsburgCity tour El Paso; White Sands NM: Scenic Drive409 mi, 658 km
Day 50Lordsburg - TucsonChiricahua NM; Saguaro NP: East Section356 mi, 573 km
Day 51Tucson - Organpipe Cactus NMCity tour Tucson; Saguaro NP: West Section; Organpipe NM: Ajo Mountain Drive197 mi, 317 km
Day 52Organpipe Cactus NM - Indio/Palm SpringsOrganpipe NM: Senita Basin; Ajo; Indio359 mi, 578 km
Day 53Indio/Palm Springs - Colton/RiversideCity tour Indio/Palm Springs; Joshua Tree NP210 mi, 338 km
Day 54Colton/Riverside - Los AngelesCleveland National Forest; Laguna Beach; Huntington Beach; Los Angeles153 mi, 256 km
Day 55Los AngelesHollywood: Universal Studios3 mi, 5 km
Day 56Los Angeles - FrankfurtFlight11 mi, 18 km
Day 57Arrive at FrankfurtFlight 
ges  7928 mi, 12756 km

The distances in miles are read directly from the speedometer, so also include any detours and local trips. The distances in km are calculated from it. The abbreviation "NP" means "National Park", the abbreviation "NM" means "National Monument".


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