USA 2016

USA 2016


In summer 2016, my girlfriend and I traveled to the western part of the United States to visit several national parks. As many friends were interested in our route and asked for hints, I am providing some details here. You can access the approximate route on Google Maps or download in KML format for a local viewer: (226 KiB).

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (from both sides!), Fisherman's Wharf, Painted Ladies, Cable Cars, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park (Japanese Garden)
Shoshone Falls Beautiful Waterfalls
Yellowstone National Park Geothermal activity, lots of very colorful hot springs, geysers, interesting geology, rich wildlife
Grand Teton National Park Lots of woods, big mountains, similar to Austria/Switzerland.
Goblin Valley State Park "Hoodoo rocks" aka goblins. Must see! Beautiful small campground. Visit the little wild horse canyon and the bell canyon!!!
Arches National Park Natural arches (Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, Delicate Arch, Double Arch, Double O Arch, North window), nice hiking trips
Canyonlands National Park Short visit because of thunderstorms & wildfire :-(
National Bridges National Monument Some natural arches (similar to Arches National Park), Horsecollar ruin (disappointing from the distance)
Mesa Verde National Park World heritage site, must visit the Balcony House (guided tour only)
Monument Valley Navajo Nation Reservation, nice view from the campground (no cash accepted?!), dust-road is a must-do here.
Four Corners Navajo Nation Reservation, many tourist shops, 4x-corner between Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico
Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim) The view was a little disappointing, expected more from what I heard.
Bryce Canyon National Park Hoodoos, nice hiking trips through the area. Stay for the sunset/sunrise.
Zion National Park Nice view on the valley. Hiking recommended.
Valley of Fire State Park Very colorful rocks and nice hikes, "The Wave", nice campgrounds
Las Vegas Gambling city, visit at night
Death Valley National Park Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, Devils's Golf Course, extremely hot!
Joshua Tree National Park
Los Angeles Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, Malibu Beach
Sequoia National Park Giant Sequoia Trees, Tunnel Tree, Crescent Meadow
Yosemite National Park Half Dome, Hiking tour to both waterfalls.
Pacific Coast / California Montery, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Natural Bridges State Beach Arch in the pacific ocean. Beautiful sunset.

Exciting Highlights of our Trip