18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Custer
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + Drive:  7​h
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
3
Moab
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  9​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Hilton Head
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Boston

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.
Get outdoors at Presidential Trail and Jewel Cave National Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Iron Mountain Road and Wildlife Loop Road. Get out of town with these interesting Custer side-trips: Elk Mountain Nature Trail (in Wind Cave National Park) and Goodtyme Photo (in Keystone). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Custer planning app .

Boston to Custer is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Boston in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Keystone, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
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Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Artist Point and Upper Geyser Basin. Step off the beaten path and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Yellowstone Historic Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets (in Gardiner) and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone). It doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park vacation builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Custer in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gardiner, West Yellowstone
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Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Delicate Arch. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Tunnel Arch. Step out of Moab to go to Arches National Park and see Wolfe Ranch, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, view the masterpieces at Hogan Trading Company, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Moab online journey planner .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Moab by combination of car and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, with highs in Moab at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
River Rafting & Tubing
Tunnel Arch ©
Tunnel Arch

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visiting Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Tuckaleechee Caverns and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: experience the excitement of Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Moab to Gatlinburg in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Moab to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moab in August, you will find days in Gatlinburg are slightly colder (87°F), and nights are about the same (68°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Hilton Head

Hilton Head ©
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Coligny Plaza Shopping Center. Step out of the city life by going to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Speed Boats Tours. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, take a memorable tour with Tours, trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, and stroll through Coligny Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Fishing Charters & Tours
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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