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:  6​h 45​min
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 15​min
5
Hilton Head
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Legion Lake as well as Presidential Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jewel Cave National Monument and Goodtyme Photo. Visiting Needles Eye Tunnel and Iron Mountain Road will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Elk Mountain Nature Trail in Wind Cave National Park (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Custer online road trip planner .

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 a bit cooler nights in Custer, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Keystone, Elk Mountain Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Artist Point and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Upper Geyser Basin and Grand Prismatic Spring. Change things up with these side-trips from Yellowstone National Park: Yellowstone Gifts & Sweets (in Gardiner) and West Yellowstone (Yellowstone Historic Center & Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center). The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Custer to Yellowstone National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Custer in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 73°F and lows reach 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gardiner, West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
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.
Hike Moab has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Delicate Arch and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tunnel Arch and Hogan Trading Company. Change things up with a short trip to Wolfe Ranch in Arches National Park (about 40 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bike Fiend, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moab trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Moab takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July; daily highs in Moab reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roaring Fork and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Visiting Tuckaleechee Caverns and Clingmans Dome will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City). There's lots more to do: catch some excitement at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg online route planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moab to Gatlinburg. Traveling from Moab in July, expect nights in Gatlinburg to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are little chillier, around 87°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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
Highlights from your plan
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.
Saltmarsh Paddle Tours has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Fishing Charters & Tours and Speed Boats Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Coligny Plaza Shopping Center and Sea Pines Forest Preserve. Next up on the itinerary: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and kick back and relax at Coligny Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hilton Head, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow time for 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
Speed Boats Tours

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