19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

19 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA trip planner

Make it your trip
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 day
Fly
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Train
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New York City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Bus to Fresno, Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, then find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and finally find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Pigeon Forge itinerary tool.

Charlotte to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Pigeon Forge sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and then see the interesting displays at International Spy Museum. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and then learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. August in Washington DC sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

New York City

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and then take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. August in New York City sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Faithful and Midway Geyser Basin. Attractions like Grand Prismatic Spring and Grand Loop Road make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser, and identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can fly from New York City to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, around 38°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art, don't miss a visit to Town Square, then get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions, and finally get interesting insight from Barker-Ewing Whitewater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip planning website.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Jackson Hole are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 19th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and finally admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and then don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Jackson Hole to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Jackson Hole to Yosemite National Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sun): trek along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and then trot along with Canyon Trail Rides.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of bus and flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours