17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to New York City
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, try your luck at New York New York Casino, and see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder app.

San Francisco to Las Vegas is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In May, Las Vegas is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 87°F and lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Shopping · Casinos · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
On the 17th (Mon), add some adventure to your tour with Lake Powell Paddleboards and Kayaks, take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then get great views at Horseshoe Bend, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with Gunfighter Canyon - Indoor Shooting Experience.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Page itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Page takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Page. Traveling from Las Vegas in May, expect Page to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 18th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arches National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Moab route website.

Drive from Page to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Page in May since evenings lows in Moab dip to 49°F. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to New York City in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. While traveling from Moab, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On your second day here, get a sense of history and politics at White House, see the interesting displays at The National Archives Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Jefferson Memorial.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pigeon Forge driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Pigeon Forge in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. May in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

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 (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, see the interesting displays at The National WWII Museum, then see the interesting displays at Cabildo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Our Sacred Stories, explore the world behind art at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, see the interesting displays at New Orleans Museum of Art, then look for gifts at Faulkner House Books, and finally don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the New Orleans road trip app.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to New Orleans by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Pigeon Forge, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, contemplate the long history of The Alamo, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum, then admire the natural beauty at San Antonio Botanical Garden, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Brackenridge Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

Fly from New Orleans to San Antonio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in San Antonio hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, then deepen your understanding at University of Texas at Austin, and finally learn the secrets of beer at Bike and Brew ATX.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Austin online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Austin are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

Santa Fe

— 1 night

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): head outdoors with Santa Fe Balloon Company, then wander the streets of Barrio de Analco, then go for a walk through Keshi, and finally expand your horizons at Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe itinerary planner.

Fly from Austin to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in May, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods · Classes

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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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 · History Museums · 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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.