36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
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Redwood National Park
— 3 nights
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Crater Lake National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Explore Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve's surroundings by going to Mission: Wolf (in Gardner) and Fort Garland (Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center & Los Caminos Antiguos).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel planner.

Rochester to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Rochester to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 2 nights
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall and then take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 9th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at North Rim Visitor Center, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and go for a walk through The Trail of Time.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 84°F and lows at 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Joshua Tree National Park

— 2 nights
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
On the 10th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Cholla Cactus Garden and then explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park in 6.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be much hotter, around 78°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 103°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, stroll through Half Dome, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and cruise along Tioga Pass.

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You can drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Yosemite National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, Yosemite National Park is cooler than Joshua Tree National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Redwood National Park

— 3 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Redwood National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Tall Trees Grove, hike along California Coastal Trail, and kick back and relax at Enderts Beach.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Redwood National Park trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Redwood National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Crater Lake National Park

— 3 nights
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Wizard Island, trek along Cleetwood Cove Trail, then cruise along Rim Dr, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vidae Falls.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Crater Lake National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Redwood National Park in July, expect nights in Crater Lake National Park to be a bit warmer, around 61°F, while days are warmer, around 94°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Fri) before leaving for Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 24th (Sun), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, appreciate the views at Logan Pass, get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Crater Lake National Park to Glacier National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Crater Lake National Park in July; daily highs in Glacier National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, look for all kinds of wild species at Hayden Valley, head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip planning site.

Drive from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in July: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 30th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Yellow Mounds Overlook and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 10 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July: highs in Badlands National Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

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Austin

— 2 nights
Austin is a borough in Potter County, Pennsylvania, United States. On the 2nd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Eldred World War II Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Kinzua Bridge State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Sinnemahoning State Park, admire the majestic nature at Hyner View State Park, and then admire the engineering at Austin Dam Memorial Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Badlands National Park to Austin. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Badlands National Park to Austin due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: high temperatures in Austin hover around 76°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
On the 4th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquarium of Niagara, explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tuscarora Heroes Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Canalside, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls online tour builder.

You can drive from Austin to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Austin in August since evenings lows in Niagara Falls dip to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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.

Potter County travel guide

4.8
State Parks · Landmarks · Specialty Museums