31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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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
— 4 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
— 11 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Estes Park Guided Tours. Trinity United Methodist Church and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Spas & Images of Rocky Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and browse the exhibits of Molly Brown House Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver itinerary planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to Denver is an approximately 14.5-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, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · 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), get great views at Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with Elk Mountain Expeditions. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Rio Grande Trail, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Denver in August, with highs in Aspen at 29°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions, then stroll through 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, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Moab visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Aspen in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 39°C and lows about 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple Square and Cathedral of the Madeleine. Get in touch with nature at Rocky Mountain Outfitters and Utah Olympic Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Wasatch Mountain State Park (in Midway), Park City (Park City Main Street Historic District & Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway) and Deer Valley Resort (in Heber City). And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Salt Lake City travel planning website.

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. In August, daily temperatures in Salt Lake City can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Elko.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Elko

— 4 nights
Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. Get some historical perspective at Little Church of the Crossroads and Sherman Station Visitor's Center. Get outdoors at Lamoille Canyon and Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of California Trail Historic Interpretive Center, examine the collection at Western Folklife Center, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Humboldt National Forest, and stop by J.M. Capriola Co.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Elko trip builder.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Elko in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salt Lake City to Elko. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Elko. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Elko

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Pope Beach and Sand Harbor. Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Emerald Bay State Park. There's still lots to do: do sightseeing your way with Tahoe Photographic Tours and get engrossed in the history at Tallac Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Elko to South Lake Tahoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Elko in August, expect South Lake Tahoe to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 7°C. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 11 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, get a dose of the wild on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and explore the striking landscape at Taft Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online trip planner.

Traveling by bus from South Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Yosemite National Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

San Francisco

— 1 night

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 29th (Sat): explore the galleries of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can fly from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.