17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Grand Marais
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Ely
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Duluth
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
Cincinnati
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Bentonville
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
San Francisco

1
day
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): cruise along Geology Tour Road and then trek along Split Rock.

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San Francisco to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from San Francisco in June, you will find days in Joshua Tree National Park are warmer (105°F), and nights are a bit warmer (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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2
days
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point and then explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point and then trek along North Kaibab Trail.

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Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 85°F and lows at 41°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Marais.

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East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
North Kaibab Trail ©
North Kaibab Trail
Navajo Point ©
Navajo Point

2
days
Grand Marais

Grand Marais ©
Grand Marais is a city in Cook County, Minnesota, United States. On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Cross River and then tee off at Superior National Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Poplar Lake and then get outside with Points Unknown.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Marais. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Grand Marais. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for colder days and about the same nights in Grand Marais: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 45°F at night. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ely.

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Lutsen, Points Unknown, Cross River
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Superior National Golf Course ©
Superior National Golf Course
Cascade River State Park ©
Cascade River State Park
Points Unknown
Points Unknown

2
days
Ely

Ely ©
Ely is a city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Palisade Head and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shovel Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ely tour planner.

You can drive from Grand Marais to Ely in 3 hours. Traveling from Grand Marais in June, expect nights in Ely to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Duluth.

Things to do in Ely

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Palisade Head, Shovel Point
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Palisade Head ©
Palisade Head
Piragis Northwoods Company ©
Piragis Northwoods Company
Shovel Point ©
Shovel Point

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Duluth

Duluth ©
Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): stroll through Enger Park and Tower, see the interesting displays at Lake Superior Maritime Center, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Park Point.

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You can drive from Ely to Duluth in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ely in June, expect nights in Duluth to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cincinnati.

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Park Point ©
Park Point
William A Irvin Museum
William A Irvin Museum
Enger Park and Tower
Enger Park and Tower

2
days
Cincinnati

Cincinnati
Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Krohn Conservatory, then have some family-friendly fun at EnterTRAINment Junction, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. On the next day, cool off at Coney Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cincinnati Nature Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cincinnati trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Duluth to Cincinnati in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Duluth in June, expect Cincinnati to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bentonville.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trips

EnterTRAINment Junction, Cincinnati Nature Center
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Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Cincinnati Nature Center
Cincinnati Nature Center
EnterTRAINment Junction ©
EnterTRAINment Junction

4
days
Bentonville

Bentonville ©
Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
Visiting Cosmic Cavern and National Tiger Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Talking Rocks Cavern and Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Go for a jaunt from Bentonville to Cassville to see Roaring River State Park about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: make a splash at Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park.

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Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Cincinnati to Bentonville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Bentonville is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Bentonville are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentonville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

National Tiger Sanctuary, Roaring River State Park, Talking Rocks Cavern, Springfield Conservation Nature Center, Cosmic Cavern
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Lawrence Plaza Ice Rink and Splash Park ©
National Tiger Sanctuary ©
National Tiger Sanctuary
Talking Rocks Cavern ©
Talking Rocks Cavern

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