17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  10​h 15​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
West Glacier
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Moab
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
5
Custer
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
6
Orlando, Florida
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
New York City

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.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Ellis Island, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and go for a walk through The High Line.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City sightseeing planning app .

Washington DC to New York City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In July in New York City, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Central Park ©
Central Park
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

1
night
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful and then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our West Yellowstone trip maker site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from New York City to West Yellowstone in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to West Yellowstone due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, expect nights in West Yellowstone to be cooler, around 39°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to West Glacier.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park
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Mount Washburn ©
Mount Washburn
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

4
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Glacier: Glacier National Park (Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Jackson Glacier Overlook, &more). There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our West Glacier trip maker website .

You can drive from West Yellowstone to West Glacier in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from West Yellowstone in July, with highs in West Glacier at 85°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glacier National Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): hike along Double Arch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Delicate Arch and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from West Glacier to Moab takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from West Glacier in July, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

2
nights
Custer

Custer ©
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 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and then delve into the lush surroundings at Black Hills National Forest. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Custer trip planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Moab to Custer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July, Custer is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Black Hills National Forest ©
Black Hills National Forest
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

2
nights
Orlando, Florida

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kids will enjoy Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and discover the magic at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Orlando in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Custer in July, expect nights in Orlando to be much warmer, around 75°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

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