27 days in United States Itinerary

27 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Philipsburg
— 1 night
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Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Chandler
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Chandler
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Washington DC

— 4 nights
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.
National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Eastern Market and Madame Tussauds DC. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to Gettysburg (Artworks, Gettysburg National Military Park, &more) and Sagamore Spirit Distillery (in Baltimore). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, pause for some serene contemplation at St Patrick's Catholic Church, and contemplate the long history of Arlington National Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Washington DC road trip website.

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

New York City

— 5 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fifth Avenue and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Philadelphia (Society Hill, Reading Terminal Market, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, look for gifts at Christmas in New York, go for a walk through Central Park, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

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Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: highs in New York City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Field Museum. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Fourth Presbyterian Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chicago: SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa), Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb) and Copper Fiddle Distillery (in Lake Zurich). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, view the masterpieces at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Edmund Parish.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Chicago travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from New York City to Chicago in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Yellowstone Historic District and Uncle Tom's Trail are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beehive Geyser, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be cooler, around 27°F, while days are slightly colder, around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Philipsburg

— 1 night
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. On the 20th (Thu), stop by The Sweet Palace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Philipsburg tour itinerary maker website.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Philipsburg by car takes about 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, with highs in Philipsburg at 61°F and lows at 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Chandler.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Shopping
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Chandler

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Superstition Ranch Market, stop by Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, then take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Chandler tour itinerary maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Philipsburg to Chandler. Traveling from Philipsburg in May, expect Chandler to be warmer, temps between 91°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Chandler

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, view the masterpieces at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, then view the masterpieces at Renee Taylor Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden. On the next day, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Kachina House, then explore the world behind art at Arizona Copper Art Museum, then shop like a local with Raku Gallery, and finally steep yourself in history at Clarkdale National Historic District & Townsite.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chandler to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Chandler in May, things will get a bit cooler in Sedona: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

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 24th (Mon): add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest. On your second day here, hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tucson.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
On the 26th (Wed), get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, view the masterpieces at Etherton Gallery, and then stop by Madaras Gallery.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Tucson in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 88°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Shopping

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.