23 days in Continental USA Itinerary

23 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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23 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  11​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
10
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the New York City day trip site .

Salt Lake City to New York City is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Salt Lake City to New York City, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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 23rd (Tue): admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, then examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, and finally get lost in a book at Library of Congress.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC holiday planning tool .

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Washington DC are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
National Gallery of Art ©
National Gallery of Art

1
night
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planning tool .

Getting from Washington DC to Gatlinburg by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Zipline

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 27th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail, and don't miss a visit to Powell Point.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Gatlinburg to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Gatlinburg to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Gatlinburg in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
North Kaibab Trail ©
North Kaibab Trail

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 29th (Mon), try to win big at Casino at the Venetian, then shop like a local with The Strip, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas travel website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 104°F to lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, make a trip to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and hike along Four Mile Trail.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, things will get colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 83°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, engage your brain at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and don't miss a visit to Golden Gate Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 5th (Mon), meet the residents at Seattle Aquarium, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary maker .

Fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Seattle are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Space Needle ©
Space Needle
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, hike along Artist Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

1
night
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, appreciate the extensive heritage of Millennium Park, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, then explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Reliance Building. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and finally ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain.

To see more things to do and tourist information, use the Chicago online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field ©
Wrigley Field
Museum of Science and Industry ©
Museum of Science and Industry

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