30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 2 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 4 nights
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New York City

— 2 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. Family-friendly places like Central Park and American Museum of Natural History will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial, walk around The High Line, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online day trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to New York City is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in July; daily highs in New York City reach 35°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and Washington National Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at National Gallery of Art and The National Archives Museum. There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, see the interesting displays at International Spy Museum, appreciate the history behind Washington Monument, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at National Zoological Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount LeConte and Alum Cave Trail. Bring the kids along to Chimneys Picnic Area and The Sinks. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and cruise along Little River Road.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder.

You can fly from Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. There's much more to do: trek along Rim Trail, stroll through Cape Final Trail, get great views at Pima Point, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Grand Canyon National Park. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Panorama Trail make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Half Dome and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, and hike along Nevada Falls Loop.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · 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.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then see the interesting displays at Exploratorium, and finally make a trip to Ferry Building Marketplace. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Union Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco day trip website.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Storm Point Trail, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning tool.

Getting from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in August, Yellowstone National Park is much colder at night with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 4 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Escape the urban bustle at Grinnell Glacier and Going-to-the-Sun Road. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, trek along Piegan Pass, and stroll through Siyeh Pass.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August, Glacier National Park is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 33°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.