56 days in Continental USA Itinerary

56 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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56 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Cardiff
Fly + bus:  18​h 30​min
New York City
— 7 nights
bus + Fly + Drive:  11​h
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  3​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 7 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
Fly + tram + Fly:  10​h
Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Provincetown
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
Cardiff

6
days
New York City

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Visit 9/11 Memorial and Governors Island National Monument for their historical value. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and admire the striking features of Grand central terminal.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip generator.

Cardiff, UK to New York City is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to New York City is minus 5 hours. In August, New York City is a bit warmer than Cardiff - with highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Central Park
Fifth Avenue
St. Patrick's Cathedral

6
days
Yellowstone National Park

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
On the 27th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Mount Washburn. On the 30th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Grand Teton. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, enjoy breathtaking views from Observation Point Trail, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park travel planner.

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in August: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Uncle Tom's Trail
Mount Washburn

5
days
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Head to The Strip and The Grand Canal Shoppesfor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Las Vegas to Boulder City to see Hoover Dam about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, catch a live performance at MGM Grand, and try to win big at The Mirage.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas online itinerary creator.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Las Vegas by combination of taxi and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Fun & Games Shopping Casinos

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
The Strip
Bellagio Fountains

6
days
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Canyon Village Marketplace and Lookout Studio. On the 8th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: trek along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park tour planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of car and flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in September, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 7°C at night. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail
Lipan Point
Pima Point

6
days
Los Angeles

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Head to Santa Monica Farmers Market and Bergamot Stationfor some retail therapy. El Pueblo de Los Angeles and Hollywood Walk of Fame will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Hermosa Beach Pier (in Hermosa Beach) and Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach). Pack the 15th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, buy something for everyone on your list at The Grove, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica Beach, and look for gifts at Hollywood & Highland.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles takes 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect nights in Los Angeles to be warmer, around 22°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach Pier
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Hermosa Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Visit Alcatraz Island and City Lights Booksellers & Publishers for their historical value. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at China Beach and Fort Funston National Park. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and St. Helena (Pride Mountain Vineyards & Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get great views at Twin Peaks, get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square, and take a stroll through SoMa (South of Market Street).

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in September, with highs in San Francisco at 27°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Helena, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf
Union Square

4
days
Honolulu, Oahu

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Waikiki Beach, kick back and relax at Kapiolani Regional Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Honolulu tour planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Honolulu in 7.5 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in September: high temperatures in Honolulu hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Kailua Beach Park
Waikiki Beach
Sunset Beach Park

4
days
Olympic National Park

In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
You'll get in some beach time at Ruby Beach and Rialto Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Shi Shi Beach, take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, and hike along Second Beach Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park custom trip planner.

You can fly from Honolulu to Olympic National Park in 10 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Olympic National Park is 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Honolulu in September: high temperatures in Olympic National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 11°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach
Rialto Beach
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

2
days
Seattle

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by The Elliott Bay Book Company, browse the range of quality goods at NORDSTROM, then take a stroll through Pike Place Market, and finally take a stroll through Pioneer Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Olympic National Park to Seattle in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. October in Seattle sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll set off for Provincetown on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market
Alki Beach
Pioneer Square

5
days
Provincetown

A small resort town with a year-round population of just 3,000, Provincetown draws nearly 60,000 annual visitors with its scenic beaches, art colonies, galleries, theaters, and shops.
Visit Long Point and Corn Hill Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Provincetown: Nauset Beach (in Orleans) and Eastham (Nauset Light Beach & Coast Guard Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cape Cod National Seashore, enjoy the sand and surf at Herring Cove Beach, browse the collection at Provincetown Public Library, and browse the exhibits of Pilgrim Monument & Provincetown Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Provincetown vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Provincetown takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Seattle to Provincetown due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Provincetown can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Provincetown

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Eastham, Marconi Beach, Corn Hill Beach, Nauset Beach, Cape Cod National Seashore
Highlights from your plan
Long Point
Cape Cod National Seashore
Nauset Beach

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