46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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46 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rocky Mountain National Park
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 18 nights
Drive:  13​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + bus + Fly + taxi:  12​h 30​min
4
Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Custer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Traverse City
— 2 nights
8
Traverse City
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + shuttle:  8​h 45​min
9
Bar Harbor
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
10
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
End: Rocky Mountain National Park

18
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Visit Shambhala Mountain Center and Wild Basin Area for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge and Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway. Venture out of the city with trips to Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park, River Rafting & Tubing, & more), High Country Trails (in Granby) and Grand Lake (Winding River Resort Stables, Never Summer Mountain Products, & more). The adventure continues: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, grab your bike and head to Rabbit Mountain, and take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online day trip planner .

July in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Idaho Springs, Pole Creek Golf Club, Brainard Lake Recreation Area, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then get great views at Pima Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 13 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along Four Mile Trail, make a trip to Valley View, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Olmsted Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Tioga Pass ©
Tioga Pass
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, then admire the sheer force of St.Mary Falls, and then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Keep things going the next day: hike along Trail of the Cedars and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park journey planner .

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Glacier National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Glacier National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Glacier National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
River Rafting & Tubing
St.Mary Falls ©
St.Mary Falls

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): hike along Artist Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yellowstone Lake.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Glacier National Park in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone Lake ©
Yellowstone Lake

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the activities along Legion Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Custer to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Custer

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trips

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Crazy Horse Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Grand Traverse Bay, visit a coastal fixture at Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, and then stroll through Leelanau State Park. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Light of Day Organics, then stroll through Pyramid Point Trail, then learn about winemaking at L. Mawby Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Left Foot Charley Winery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Traverse City trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Traverse City in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Custer in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Traverse City. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wineries

Side Trips

Northport, Pyramid Point Trail, L. Mawby Vineyards, Leelanau Wine Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Grand Traverse Bay ©
Grand Traverse Bay
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum ©
Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Light of Day Organics ©
Light of Day Organics

2
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City ©
On the 18th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Thorne Swift Nature Preserve and then tee off at Boyne Highlands.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Traverse City vacation planning site .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Traverse City

#Parks, #Nature, #Golf

Side Trips

Harbor Springs, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Fisherman's Island State Park
Highlights from your plan
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ©
Thorne Swift Nature Preserve
Boyne Highlands ©
Boyne Highlands

2
nights
Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, and then hike along Bar Island Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Agamont Park, identify plant and animal life at Shore Path, and then visit a coastal fixture at Egg Rock Light.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bar Harbor trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Traverse City to Bar Harbor in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Bar Harbor can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Cadillac Mountain, The Seal Cove Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shore Path ©
Shore Path
Mount Desert Island ©
Mount Desert Island
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain

2
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
On the 24th (Fri), enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Smathers Beach and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Key West travel route planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bar Harbor to Key West in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bar Harbor in August: highs in Key West hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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