23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Train to Paris CDG, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Elko
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Bus to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Schiphol, Train to Brussels

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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Popular historic sites such as Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Oxotic Supercar Driving Experience. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Estes Park Guided Tours, Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brussels to Denver. Traveling from Brussels in August, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 5th (Wed), cruise along Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with Elk Mountain Expeditions. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Aspen day trip planner.

Drive from Denver to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions, grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Moab online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Moab reach 39°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Salt Lake City

— 4 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple Square and Cathedral of the Madeleine. Get outdoors at Rocky Mountain Outfitters and Big Cottonwood Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Salt Lake City side-trips: Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City) and Park City (Park City Main Street Historic District & Utah Olympic Park). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City day trip planning site.

Getting from Moab to Salt Lake City by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. August in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Elko.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Elko

— 2 nights
Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Lamoille Canyon and then steep yourself in history at Little Church of the Crossroads. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Elko online trip planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Elko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in August since evenings lows in Elko dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Elko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Lake Tahoe Yoga, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, and then kick back and relax at Pope Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, then take a memorable tour with Day Go Adventures, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Harbor.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Elko to South Lake Tahoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Elko in August: high temperatures in South Lake Tahoe hover around 32°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Tioga Pass. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View, and trek along Panorama Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park travel planner.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park by bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, then contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then get a dose of the wild on Point Reyes Safaris.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco vacation maker tool.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.