30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly
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Buffalo
— 6 nights
Fly to Marquette, Taxi to Munising
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Munising
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marquette
— 1 night
Drive
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Copper Harbor
— 1 night
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Drive to Houghton County Memorial Airport, Fly to Rapid City Regional Airport, Drive to Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Denver
— 8 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
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Buffalo

— 6 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canalside and Niagara Jet Adventures. Take a break from the city and head to Whirlpool State Park and Devil's Hole State Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Buffalo: Hidden Valley Animal Adventure (in Varysburg), Niagara Falls (Niagara Gorge Trail, Third Street Art Alley, &more) and Basilica Of The National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Fatima (in Lewiston). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, stroll around Delaware Park, explore the galleries of Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and stroll the grounds of Forest Lawn.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Buffalo trip planner.

New York City to Buffalo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in April, things will get slightly colder in Buffalo: highs are around 55°F and lows about 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Munising

— 2 nights
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. On the 7th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Wagner Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alger Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Munising Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Miners Castle Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Miners Falls, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pictured Rocks Interpretive Center.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Munising trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Buffalo to Munising takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. In May, Munising is a bit cooler than Buffalo - with highs of 59°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Marquette.

Things to do in Munising

Nature · Parks · Museums

Marquette

— 1 night
Marquette is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stop by Downtown Marquette, take in the awesome beauty at Sugarloaf Mountain, and then walk around Presque Isle Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Marquette day trip planning app.

You can drive from Munising to Marquette in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Marquette are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Copper Harbor.

Things to do in Marquette

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Copper Harbor

— 1 night
Copper Harbor is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in northeastern Keweenaw County in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Silver River Falls, explore and take pictures at Brockway Mountain Drive, and then immerse yourself in nature at Fort Wilkins State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Copper Harbor attractions website.

You can drive from Marquette to Copper Harbor in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Copper Harbor are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Copper Harbor

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Badlands National Park

— 3 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Step out of the city life by going to Badlands National Park and Notch Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Big Badlands Overlook and Door Trail. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, make a trip to Pinnacles Overlook, and explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Copper Harbor to Badlands National Park. Traveling from Copper Harbor to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Copper Harbor in May: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Denver

— 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Flatirons and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Your inner history buff will appreciate Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House and Trinity United Methodist Church. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Devil's Backbone Trail (in Loveland), Mount Sanitas Trail (in Boulder) and Eldorado Canyon State Park (in Eldorado Springs). There's much more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip app.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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 discover tucked-away gems like Mud Volcano and Grand Loop Road. Step out of the city life by going to Fountain Paint Pot and Black Sand Basin. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Washburn.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Denver to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Denver - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 2 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Teton Park Road, then trek along Jenny Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park and then explore the activities along Jackson Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Teton National Park: highs are around 60°F and lows about 33°F. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.

Upper Peninsula travel guide

4.7
Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · State Parks
Natural attractions steal the show on an Upper Peninsula vacation. Michigan's sparsely populated northern region is famous for its extensive shoreline along the Great Lakes and thick swathes of protected forest. Many of the region's waterways feature dramatic cascades, and a history of volcanic activity has created a wealth of interesting rock formations and colorful mineral deposits. Wildlife spotting remains a top reason to take a trip to Upper Peninsula, with deer, bears, wolves, and porcupines all easily seen in the area's pristine wilderness.