33 days in Continental USA Itinerary

33 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Rapid City
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Phoenix
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San Antonio
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Austin
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Pigeon Forge
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New York City
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Stowe
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Chicago
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Rapid City

— 1 night

Gateway to the Black Hills

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Stress Relief Massage of Deadwood. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Reptile Gardens, then trek along Presidential Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rapid City attractions planner.

Madison to Rapid City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Rapid City. In November in Rapid City, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Alcatraz Island, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, stroll around Golden Gate Park, and visit Fisherman's Wharf.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip maker website.

You can fly from Rapid City to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Rapid City to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rapid City in November: highs in San Francisco hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Getty Center, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, and shop like a local with The Grove.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles holiday planner.

Fly from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

San Diego

— 4 nights

America's Finest City

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.
Take a break from San Diego with a short trip to Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens in Encinitas, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at San Diego Zoo, walk around Sunset Cliffs Natural Park, pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Museum of San Diego.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Diego itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Phoenix

— 2 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): ride a horse along KOLI Equestrian Center and then awaken your taste buds at Arizona Scenic Tours - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Diego to Phoenix by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego to Phoenix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 46°F in Phoenix. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
San Antonio is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, learn insider's secrets on Cottonwood Wine Tours, take in the history at Mission San Juan, and browse the exhibits of The Alamo.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio visit planner.

You can fly from Phoenix to San Antonio in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Phoenix to San Antonio is 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Elisabet Ney Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and finally take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Wild About Music, admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, admire the masterpieces at Mexic-Arte Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Austin, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Trails

Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Newfound Gap Road, which is approximately 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

Make your Pigeon Forge itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Austin to Pigeon Forge in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Austin to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Austin in December; daily highs in Pigeon Forge reach 53°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wineries

Side Trips

New York City

— 5 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Empire State Building, admire the masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), take some stellar pictures from Top of the Rock, and make a trip to Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City journey planning website.

Getting from Pigeon Forge to New York City by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Pigeon Forge, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 48°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Stowe.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Stowe

— 1 night

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
On the 20th (Mon), stroll through Stowe Recreation Path and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Stowe attractions planning website.

You can fly from New York City to Stowe in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Stowe reach 33°F and lows reach 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Stowe

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks · Trails

Chicago

— 4 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, make a trip to Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip planner.

You can fly from Stowe to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Stowe in December, Chicago is a bit warmer at night with lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.

Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.