21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Chicago
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
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Hilo, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Savannah
— 2 nights
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Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at Field Museum and Chicago Riverwalk. Explore hidden gems such as Lakefront Trail and Chicago River. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, take in panoramic vistas at 360 Chicago Observation Deck, admire the local landmark of Buckingham Fountain, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary maker site.

Washington DC to Chicago is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Chicago at 83°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Custer.

Things to do in Chicago

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, then get curious at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bicycle Sculpture. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

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Fly from Chicago to Custer in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Custer due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Custer when traveling from Chicago in July, with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Upper Geyser Basin. Explore hidden gems such as Old Faithful and Jenny Lake Trail. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Getting from Custer to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Custer - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the flight to Honolulu.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Honolulu, Oahu

— 2 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Battleship Missouri Memorial, see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Iolani Palace, then trek along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Honolulu online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Honolulu takes 11 hours. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Honolulu, with highs around 88°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Lahaina, Maui

— 2 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

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 21st (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Wailea Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kamaole Beach Park II, and then kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Napili Beach, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

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Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Hilo.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Hilo, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

America's Wettest City

One of the island of Hawaii's major towns, Hilo contains a mix of Asian and Polynesian cultures and is known for its proximity to a national park encompassing two active volcanoes.
On the 23rd (Thu), admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then admire the natural beauty at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Akaka Falls State Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hilo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Hilo takes 2.5 hours. In July in Hilo, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Hilo

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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 25th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

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Getting from Hilo to Santa Fe by flight takes about 12 hours. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Hilo to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Hilo in July since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 60°F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

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.
Visiting Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parrot Mountain & Gardens and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Cades Cove, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge online holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Pigeon Forge by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, taxi, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Pigeon Forge, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Savannah.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 30th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Fort Pulaski National Monument, then see the interesting displays at Tybee Island Light Station And Museum, then stroll the grounds of Bonaventure Cemetery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Savannah trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Savannah in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In July, daytime highs in Savannah are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.