18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Start: Penn Valley
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  12 h
1
State College
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h 45 min
2
Cuyahoga Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Porter
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
5
Badlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
7
Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h 30 min
9
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
11
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
12
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
13
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 15 min
14
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
15
San Francisco
— 2 nights
End: San Francisco

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State College

State College
State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our State College itinerary app.

Penn Valley to State College is an approximately 12- hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Penn Valley in July: high temperatures in State College hover around 80°F and lows are around 62°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Cuyahoga Falls.

Things to do in State College

Parks Nature Museums

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Cuyahoga Falls

Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls is a city in Summit County, Ohio, United States. For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cuyahoga Falls trip planner.

Traveling by car from State College to Cuyahoga Falls takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Cuyahoga Falls are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. You'll set off for Porter on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Cuyahoga Falls

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Porter

Porter ©
Porter is a town in Westchester Township, Porter County, in the U.S. You've now added Indiana Dunes National Park to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm and then explore the striking landscape of Indiana Dunes National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Porter tour builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Cuyahoga Falls to Porter. Traveling from Cuyahoga Falls to Porter, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Porter are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chicago.

Things to do in Porter

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Indiana Dunes National Park ©
Indiana Dunes National Park

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Shedd Aquarium, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Cloud Gate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower and then get curious at Museum of Science and Industry.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Chicago trip maker.

Traveling by car from Porter to Chicago takes an hour. Traveling from Porter in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Chicago, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry
Shedd Aquarium ©
Shedd Aquarium

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Badlands National Park travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Chicago to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Badlands National Park. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 60°F. You will leave for Keystone on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On the 6th (Mon), go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, then see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally trek along Presidential Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Keystone road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine
National Presidential Wax Museum ©
National Presidential Wax Museum

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks, Wyoming Dinosaur Center, River Rafting & Tubing, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks, indulge in some personalized pampering at Boiling River, engage your brain at Wyoming Dinosaur Center, then take a pleasant ride with Old West Dinner Cookout, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Geyser, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): get great views at Lookout Point and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and car. Traveling from Keystone in July, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 73°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracks, Wyoming Dinosaur Center, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Grand Geyser ©
Grand Geyser
Boiling River ©
Boiling River
River Rafting & Tubing

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 9th (Thu), trek along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail and then take a memorable drive along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Teton National Park to Zion National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in July; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 94°F and lows reach 59°F. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and finally hike along Navajo Loop Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): get great views at Inspiration Point and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. In July, Bryce Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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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 12th (Sun): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and then hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Devil's Bridge Trail, Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), Bell Rock, and other attractions. On the 13th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park, explore the stunning scenery at Oak Creek Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then trek along Devil's Bridge Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Sedona day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Sedona to be a bit warmer, temps between 92°F and 69°F. You will leave for Joshua Tree National Park on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Slide Rock State Park ©
Slide Rock State Park
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Joshua Tree National Park trip simple and quick.

Drive from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to Joshua Tree National Park. In July, Joshua Tree National Park is somewhat warmer than Sedona - with highs of 103°F and lows of 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Barker Dam Trail
Barker Dam Trail

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, explore the engaging exhibits at Travel Town, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip planner.

You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in July, expect nights in Los Angeles to be slightly colder, around 66°F, while days are colder, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Lombard Street, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alcatraz Island, and then engage your brain at Exploratorium.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

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