21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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New York City
— 1 night
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Key West
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
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Koloa, Kauai
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Honolulu, Oahu
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New York City — 1 night

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 3rd (Mon): take a stroll through Park Slope, stroll the grounds of Green-Wood cemetery, take a stroll through Bushwick Collective Street Art, then stop by Williamsburg, then admire the majestic nature at Gantry Plaza State Park, and finally head off the coast to Roosevelt Island. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, admire the majestic nature at Liberty State Park, admire the landmark architecture of The Oculus, then stroll around Union Square, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City itinerary planning website.

Marco Island to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Marco Island in October: high temperatures in New York City hover around 24°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Key West.
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Key West — 2 nights

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take a leisurely stroll along Key West Historic Seaport, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, take in the pleasant sights at Key West Garden Club, then go for a walk through West Martello Tower, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at South Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Edward B. Knight Pier, look for gifts at Peppers of Key West, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, and finally examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Key West route maker website.

Fly from New York City to Key West in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Key West hover around 35°C and lows are around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls, hike along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stroll through Middle Prong Trail, identify plant and animal life at Quiet Walkways, then take in the dramatic scenery at Baskins Creek Falls, and finally explore the activities along Place of A Thousand Drips. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Deep Creek, trek along Andrews Bald Trail, then head outdoors with Andrews Bald, then contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, and finally contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder website.

Fly from Key West to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, taxi, and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in October, expect nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be colder, around 12°C, while days are little chillier, around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Sun), steep yourself in history at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, contemplate the long history of La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site, delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings, then delve into the lush surroundings at Santa Fe National Forest, then take in the awesome beauty at Jemez Mountains, and finally trek along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, tour the pleasant surroundings at Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail, view the masterpieces at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then relax and rejuvenate at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then learn about winemaking at Gruet Winery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario De Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Santa Fe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Fe: highs are around 24°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Sedona.
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Sedona — 2 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): gain interesting insight with a heritage tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Airport Loop Trail, trek along Little Horse Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then take an in-depth tour of Sedona Heritage Museum, and finally grab your bike and head to Huckaby Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Clarkdale Town Park, explore and take pictures at Historic Road - US Route 89A, take an in-depth tour of Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Douglas Mansion, then stop by Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes, and finally stroll around Audrey Headframe Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona day trip planner.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, things will get a bit warmer in Sedona: highs are around 29°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point, get great views at Shoshone Point, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, stroll around Indian Garden, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally get great views at Guano Point.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip tool.

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 0°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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 15th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark, take in the dramatic scenery at Chilnualna Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Cloud's Rest, then stroll through May Lake Trailhead, and finally don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome. Keep things going the next day: trek along Carlon Falls Trail, then hike along Merced Grove, and then surround yourself with nature on Crossroads Tours & Limo.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.
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Lahaina, Maui — 2 nights

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
On the 17th (Mon), tee off at Wailea Blue Golf Course, kick back and relax at Mokapu Beach Park, stroll around Kamaole Beach Park I, kick back and relax at Charley Young Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sugar Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Innocents Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Maria Lanakila Catholic Church, kick back and relax at Ahihi Bay, kick back and relax at La Perouse Bay, then kick back and relax at Big Beach, and finally admire the majestic nature at Makena State Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lahaina vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Lahaina takes 13 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Lahaina, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Lahaina, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Koloa.
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Koloa, Kauai — 2 nights

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take a tour by water with Kauai Sea Rider Snorkel & Whale Watching Tours, get a new perspective on nature at Kauai Museum, sample the fine beverages at Koloa Rum Company, surround yourself with nature on Kauai Safaris, then explore the fascinating underground world of Makauwahi Cave Reserve, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Makawehi Bluff. On the next day, kick back and relax at Baby Beach, kick back and relax at Salt Pond Beach Park, hike along Canyon Trail, then immerse yourself in nature at Koke`e State Park, then enjoy the sand and surf at Tunnels Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Secret Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koloa trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Lahaina to Koloa in 2.5 hours. October in Koloa sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu — 2 nights

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Sandy Beach Park, kick back and relax at Makapu'u Beach, kick back and relax at Bellows Field Beach Park, then hike along Kuliouou Ridge Hike, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Lyon Arboretum. On your second day here, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, hike along Ehukai Pillbox Hike, make a trip to Banzai Pipeline, enjoy the sand and surf at Shark's Cove, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mokuleia Beach Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Honolulu itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Koloa to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. October in Honolulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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