Oh how exciting it was to plan a road trip in America! Below is the full itinerary we planned out for a total of 15 days – and we highly recommend the route to you. Our road trip is a combination of hiking and exploring the National Parks, sightseeing small towns to bustling cities and stpping at the best viewpoints in our rented white SUV car.
We had to change one of two plans (based on the weather) on the way which has been shown adjusted below. We hope it gives you in an insight to a planning a road trip in the US as well as enjoying our own experiences and stories! Don’t forget to check out and share our clickable google map route too!
We will be adding links & blogposts to each day of the itinerary once they have been finalised to share with you!
Day 1 – Fly to Denver from Amsterdam via Iceland. Cheap deals with Iceland Air!
Day 2 – A whole day Sightseeing in Denver
Day 3 – Leave Denver with the Amtrak to Salt Lake City
Day 4 – Pick up the rented car from Avis in SLC, visit the Bonneville Salt Flats and end in Cedar City
Check out out Driving experience as Europeans in the US here!
Day 6 – Hiking in Zion National Park
*Day 5 and 6 we switched around due to dangerous thunderstorms all day above Zion on day 5.
Day 8 – A whole day Las Vegas
Day 9 – 2nd whole day in Las Vegas (& Area 51, Extraterrestrial Highway & Rachel)
Day 12 – Lake Tahoe and end in San Francisco
*Had to skip Yosemite National Park on day 12 and drive around to Lake Tahoe due to the Tioga Pass closed with snow.
Day 13 – San Francisco (and Silicon Valley) with the car
Day 14 – San Francisco & Alcatraz
Day 15 – San Francisco last day. Cheap deal with Thomas Cook & Flybe!
Day 16 – Home Sweet Home <3
Below shows our route with google maps! View the map larger to see exactly the routes that we did per day.
*This road trip took place in September 2017
Have you taken a road trip through America before? We’d love to hear your stories and tips for next time!