32 days in United States Itinerary

32 days in United States Itinerary

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32 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chevy Chase
Drive:  10​h
1
Nashville
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
9
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
11
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
drive:  8​h 30​min
13
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
14
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  31​h 45​min
End: Chevy Chase

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park, then engage your brain at Adventure Science Center, and then admire the majestic nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip builder tool .

Chevy Chase to Nashville is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chevy Chase to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Adventure Science Center ©
Adventure Science Center
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and then don't miss a visit to Beale Street.

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

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery

2
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs, explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Plaza, trek along Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument, get engrossed in the history at Bradbury Science Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and finally contemplate the long history of El Santuario de Chimayo.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Memphis in August: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 84°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Mule Canyon Ruins and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridges National Monument.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Monument Valley takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Page.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Blanding, Bluff, Moki Dugway
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges National Monument ©
Natural Bridges National Monument
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Goosenecks State Park ©
Goosenecks State Park

1
night
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, and then explore the striking landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Lone Rock Beach, steep yourself in history at Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House), take a memorable tour with Tours, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, and finally take in breathtaking views at Lower Antelope Canyon.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Page online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Page takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Page is somewhat warmer than Monument Valley - with highs of 93°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House), Lone Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, then take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bristlecone Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Willis Creek Slot Canyon, then stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and finally take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Page to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryce, Willis Creek
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 18th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, and then hike along Bright Angel Trail. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Moran Point, take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, get great views at Lipan Point, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally trek along South Kaibab Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In August in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 20th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Clark County Wetlands Park, then make a trip to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, then identify plant and animal life at Spring Mountains National Recreational Area, and finally shop like a local with The Strip.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Spring Mountains National Recreational Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Clark County Wetlands Park ©
Clark County Wetlands Park

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, stroll through Carlsbad State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier, then kick back and relax at Children's Pool, and finally kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park, stroll through San Diego Zoo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then contemplate the long history of Mormon Battalion Historic Site, and finally appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Diego holiday planning website .

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in San Diego: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 68°F at night. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

South Carlsbad State Beach, Oceanside Pier
Highlights from your plan
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica Beach and then examine the collection at The Getty Center. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then don't miss a visit to Santa Monica Pier, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Santa Monica Mountains, and finally see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from San Diego to Los Angeles in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from San Diego in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Crystal Cove, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Crystal Cove ©
Crystal Cove
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Twin Peaks, enjoy the sand and surf at San Gregorio State Beach, then kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Limantour Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Point Isabel, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, get curious at California Academy of Sciences, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. In August, San Francisco is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 73°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

San Gregorio State Beach, Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, Limantour Beach, Marin Headlands, Point Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve ©
Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
On the 28th (Tue), make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, tour the pleasant surroundings at May Lake Trailhead, stroll through Panorama Trail, explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, and finally contemplate the geological forces at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery, stroll through Nevada Falls Loop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow, then trek along Tuolumne Meadows, then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and finally make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): hike along Sundance Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, then explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Natural Curiosity, then get curious at Wheeler Historic Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Salt Lake City takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 67°F. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sundance Resort, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, Museum of Natural Curiosity
Highlights from your plan
Sundance Resort ©
Sundance Resort
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kids will enjoy Hayden Valley and Grand Loop Road. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Artist Point and Old Faithful. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, admire the sheer force of Upper Falls, explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, and stroll through Storm Point Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Salt Lake City in September, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are colder (33°F). You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

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