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  1. Default 20 full days, from SF to SF

    Hi !

    Can you give me your advices ? I'll have 20 full days next July. I would like to visit the most scenic and wild places from San Francisco to Yellowstone (including Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Canyonland, Arches, Zion, Bryce, Valley of Fire, and also Las Vegas).
    Do you think I'll have enough time ?

    Thanks !

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    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I think if you leave off Yellowstone you might have time. Yellowstone is a long way removed from any of the other attractions you listed, and is so large you need a few days just to get to all the highlights within that park. If you want to do Yellowstone, that's great, but then you're going to have to leave off a bunch of the other places you listed.

    All of your other stops make for a nice loop, although even 20 days would be pretty quick. Not including Yellowstone, you've listed 11 places, so when you factor in the drives, you're not going to be able to spend more than a day pretty much anywhere.

    The easiest way to figure out if you'll have enough time, based on a pace you enjoy, is to sketch your trip out day by day. You don't have to stick to it in the end, but it should give you a rough idea if you've really got enough time or if you're making some unrealistic expectations.

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    Default It's doable.

    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    It's possible but it would be a pretty full itinerary but would also be a lot of fun. You could travel to Yosemite on the way to Yellowstone or on the return leg. You also have the choice of visiting the North rim or the South rim of the Grand canyon, the North would fit easier into your plans. Your trip order would look something like this; SF >Yellowstone >Canyonlands/Arches>Monument valley> south rim or north rim ? > Bryce>Zion>Valley of Fire>Las Vegas>Death valley>Yosemite>SF. You are most likely looking at a full week of just driving to get around, leaving you some time for exploring, but when you consider you really need a couple of days in Yosemite and for Arches and Canyonlands, plus 3 days to properly see Yellowstone and time soon gets eaten up. Don't forget to spend a little time in the Tetons that are just to the south of Yellowstone.

    Much will come down to the pace you ant to travel at and if you wanted a slower more relaxed time, Yellowstone would be the one that would free up time and reduce the miles quite significantly.

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    Thank-you very much for your replies.

    Dave, what route should we take between SF and Yellowstone ?
    Thanks.

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    The quickest way from SF to Yellowstone is 2 full days of driving - I-80 to Wells NV, where you should spend the night, then US-93 to Twin Falls ID, I-86 to Pocatello ID, I-15 to Idaho Falls ID, then US-20 to West Yellowstone.

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    Default Lot's of options but....

    If you wanted to get there as quick as possible then I80 through Reno all the way to Wells and then US93 to Twin Falls and then I84/86/15 to US20 into West Yellowstone. You could look at Elko or Wells for an overnight stop or break the journey into 3 days if you want to do a little sight seeing. Reno, Snake river canyon/Perrine bridge in Twin Falls, nearby Shoshone Falls or you could even visit Craters of the Moon by continuing on US93 from Twin Falls to Arco ID26/US20 to Yellowstone.

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    Dave's suggestion, using US-93, would make the overnight in Elko easily done. There are many, many places to stay in Elko, and many of them are also full-service casinos. We were going the opposite direction (Yellowstone area to the Bay Area) and used the basic route suggested by Dave.

    We stayed in Elko at the Gold Country Inn & Casino. With a pool, restaurants on site, and free wifi, we were happy. The place is kinda big, and we were in a room where our vehicle was basically right outside our door. We went in on a coupon deal, I believe, or through one of the online services.


    Donna

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    Thanks everyone.

    Do you think such trip is worth doing? Am I gonna have enough time to discover the parks ? Will be my first time in USA.

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    Default Oh yeah !

    Oh it's worth doing for sure, but as it's been touched upon earlier in the thread, you need to decide what type of trip you want, what type of road tripper are you ? Some would prefer the more relaxed 'less is more' type trip and others like to keep on the move and see more attractions, but ultimately will see less of them. You could spend a week in Yosemite or Yellowstone and have an amazing time, yet often visitors just spend a day or two. Yellowstone makes quite a big difference to where you 'sit' between the two types as it probably adds 6 to 700 miles driving and takes time to visit.

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    I'd like to see many things but I'd also like to enjoy the attractions and why not hike sometimes rather that just coming and taking a picture. Actually I really don't know how are the places, if there are many things to see or if everything is the "same" when you enter a park.
    I have a good physical condition and I think the route should not be an issue but I really don't want to make a mistake by doing too many things and, at the end, having regrets to not spend more time. On the other side, I would really like to see many different things. Big dilemma !

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