22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

22 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA trip itinerary planner

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New York City
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
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New York City

— 3 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.
Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral and 9/11 Memorial for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read New York City tour itinerary site.

Vienna, Austria to New York City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to New York City is minus 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Vienna in August, with lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Black Sand Basin, take in the dramatic natural features at Blue Star Spring, identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park vacation tool.

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for slightly colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 5th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Queen's Bath and then kick back and relax at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona day trip site.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Kailua-Kona in 13 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 3 hours. In September, Kailua-Kona is much warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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 7th (Tue), kick back and relax at Napili Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): stroll through Ho'okipa Beach Park, then walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, then visit Lahaina Front Street, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahaina travel planner.

Getting from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina by flight takes about 4.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Popular historic sites such as Battleship Missouri Memorial and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Koko Crater Railway Trail, steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, and see the interesting displays at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Honolulu sightseeing planning tool.

You can fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 4 hours. September in Honolulu sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yosemite, Tunnel View and Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, make a trip to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, and explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park takes 13.5 hours. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honolulu in September, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 27°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails