15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 1 night
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Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Phoenix, Shuttle to Sedona
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge

— 2 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
On the 24th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Shine Co., then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Shine Company, and finally do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery. On your second day here, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sevier Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Mountain Valley Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally do a tasting at Bootleggers Homemade Wine.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge trip maker app.

Philadelphia to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. December in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and then stop by Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Faulkner House Books, admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, then get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street, and finally walk around New Orleans City Park.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans road trip planning website.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to New Orleans in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pigeon Forge to New Orleans. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the long history of The Guenther House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to San Antonio, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from New Orleans to San Antonio in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Antonio, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 29th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Potash Road and then immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moab trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and car from San Antonio to Moab in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, Moab is cooler than San Antonio - with highs of 38°F and lows of 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, then hike along Airport Mesa, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and finally see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sedona online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Moab to Sedona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Moab in December, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 54°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 1st (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and then try your luck at Casino At The Venetian. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and finally try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip maker website.

You can drive from Sedona to Las Vegas in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Ferry Building Marketplace, stop by Chinatown, then go for a walk through Lombard Street, and finally hike along Lands End.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco route maker site.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 46°F in San Francisco. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Glacier National Park

— 1 night

Crown of the Continent

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 5th (Tue): cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road and then head outdoors with Swiftcurrent Pass Hike.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Glacier National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. In January, Glacier National Park is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 31°F and lows of 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer visit planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Custer in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Glacier National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 15°F. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.