31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

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Houston
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
Fly
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly
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Seattle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Fly
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Boston
— 3 nights
Drive
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Philadelphia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cape May
— 1 night
Drive
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nags Head
— 1 night
Drive
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Hatteras Island
— 1 night
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Houston

— 1 night

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 20th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and then explore the world behind art at Rothko Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, then steep yourself in history at 1892 Bishop's Palace, then browse the exhibits of Moody Mansion, and finally admire the sheer force of Water Wall.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Houston trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Houston. In June, daytime highs in Houston are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, and then stop by SoCo District.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Austin trip app.

You can drive from Houston to Austin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Neighborhoods

Denver

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Wed), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Keep things going the next day: shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Denver online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Austin to Denver in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Austin in June; daily highs in Denver reach 83°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Flagstaff

— 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 25th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wupatki National Monument. Keep things going the next day: walk around Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Flagstaff by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Flagstaff, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Musee Mecanique and Cable Car Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Alcatraz Island and Castello di Amorosa. Get out of town with these interesting San Francisco side-trips: VJB Cellars (in Kenwood) and V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco journey builder tool.

Getting from Flagstaff to San Francisco by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Flagstaff in June, expect nights in San Francisco to be somewhat warmer, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): wander the streets of Pike Place Market, then view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then examine the collection at Museum of Pop Culture, and finally stroll around Kerry Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at LeMay - America's Car Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip planning site.

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Seattle, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Visit Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Upper Geyser Basin. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin, hike along Observation Point Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park holiday builder app.

You can fly from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. When traveling from Seattle in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Chicago Cultural Center, then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, then engage your brain at Field Museum, and finally make a trip to Buckingham Fountain. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Chicago River, get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, then stroll around Millennium Park, and finally grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Chicago sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago is 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Chicago are a bit warmer (83°F), and nights are warmer (67°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Trails

Boston

— 3 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lizzie Borden House and Old North Church & Historic Site. Let the collections at Museum of Fine Arts and New Bedford Whaling Museum capture your imagination. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, stop by North End, and wander the streets of Waterfront.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Boston trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Chicago to Boston in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Boston due to the time zone difference. July in Boston sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Boston

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Portland

— 3 nights

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
Visit Marginal Way Walkway and Portland Head Light for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Victoria Mansion and Portland Museum of Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Portland: Ogunquit (Perkins Cove & Ogunquit Beach). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Port, gain some tasty knowledge on The Maine Brew Bus, and visit Diamond Cove.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Portland vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Boston to Portland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Boston in July since evenings lows in Portland dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Portland

Neighborhoods · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 2 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
On the 13th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of National Museum of American Jewish History, get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Valley Forge National Historical Park. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, explore the world behind art at Philadelphia Museum of Art, explore the world behind art at Rodin Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Independence Hall, and finally pause for some photo ops at Rocky Statue.

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Traveling by flight from Portland to Philadelphia takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Portland in July; daily highs in Philadelphia reach 88°F and lows reach 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Cape May.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Cape May

— 1 night

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Wildwood Beach, and then kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Cape May day trip planning app.

You can drive from Philadelphia to Cape May in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, you will find days in Cape May are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (69°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Washington DC.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arlington National Cemetery and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Visit National Mall and Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens for their historical value. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of African American History and Culture, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Washington DC tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Cape May to Washington DC in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Cape May in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Washington DC: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Nags Head

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Wright Brothers National Memorial, explore the striking landscape at Jockey's Ridge State Park, and then visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nags Head trip planning website.

Getting from Washington DC to Nags Head by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Nags Head

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Hatteras Island

— 1 night
On the 20th (Tue), kick back and relax at Frisco Beach and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Hatteras Island tour builder tool.

Getting from Nags Head to Hatteras Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Hatteras Island, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.

New Jersey travel guide

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Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Outer Banks travel guide

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Lighthouses · Historic Sites · Piers & Boardwalks
A trip to Outer Banks takes visitors to a string of barrier islands just off the North Carolina coast. A holiday in Outer Banks is a chance to explore 320 km (200 mi) of state parks, open sea beaches, and wreck diving sites. It's also the perfect chance to visit Roanoke Island, England's original settlement in the New World. For those looking to add a bit of adrenaline to their experience, a vacation in Outer Banks delivers many different fishing options and methods, some of which hark back to the first European settlers in this part of the world.