36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Columbus
— 4 nights
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Harpers Ferry
— 4 nights
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Cape May
— 1 night
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Belmar
— 2 nights
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Jersey City
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
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Flagstaff
— 6 nights
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Phoenix
— 6 nights
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New Orleans — 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA, walk around New Orleans City Park, and make a trip to French Quarter.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans online trip maker.

Melbourne, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Melbourne to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in New Orleans hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Columbus.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Columbus — 4 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Cincinnati (Rookwood & Beer Tastings & Tours), Dayton (Carillon Historical Park, National Museum of the US Air Force, &more) and Logan (Ash Cave & Hocking Hills Moonshine). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Motts Military Museum, and relax in the rural setting at Pine Tree Barn.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Columbus online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Columbus takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Columbus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Columbus, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Harpers Ferry.
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Harpers Ferry — 4 nights

With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harpers Ferry: Long Branch Plantation (in Millwood), Luray (Luray Caverns & Massanutten Storybook Trail) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Catoctin Creek Distillery, relax and rejuvenate at Vivo Day Spa, get great views at Split Rock Overlook, and grab your bike and head to The Washington & Old Dominion Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Harpers Ferry road trip site.

Fly from Columbus to Harpers Ferry in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Harpers Ferry can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cape May.
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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.
On the 27th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo, experience rural life at Jersey Shore Alpacas, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cape May Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Cape May day trip planner.

Getting from Harpers Ferry to Cape May by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Harpers Ferry in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cape May, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Belmar.
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Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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Belmar — 2 nights

Belmar is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): gain insight at Princeton University, then explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Edgar Felix Memorial Bikeway, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary, and then relax and rejuvenate at Kur Wellness Studios.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Belmar trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cape May to Belmar in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jersey City.
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Jersey City — 2 nights

Jersey City is the second-most-populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey, after Newark. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Pier A Park, then go for a walk through Hoboken Waterfront Walkway, then stroll around J. Owen Grundy Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, then look for all kinds of wild species at Eagle Rock Reservation, and then walk around Loantaka Brook Reservation.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Jersey City trip planner.

You can drive from Belmar to Jersey City in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Belmar in November, Jersey City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to fly to Zion National Park.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Zion National Park — 4 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 4th (Sat) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery, cruise along Zion Shuttle, and look for gifts at LaFave Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jersey City to Zion National Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Jersey City in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -7°C in Zion National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.
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Flagstaff — 6 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.
Explore Flagstaff's surroundings by going to Grand Canyon National Park (Hopi Point, Mather Point, &more) and Sedona (Chapel of the Holy Cross, Off-Road Tours, &more). The adventure continues: sample the tasty concoctions at Historic Brewing Company.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Zion National Park to Flagstaff in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, you will find days in Flagstaff are little chillier (7°C), and nights are about the same (-9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Phoenix.
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Phoenix — 6 nights

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Change things up with these side-trips from Phoenix: Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery (in Chandler), Scottsdale (McDowell Sonoran Preserve & Queen Creek Olive Mill Marketplace at Kierland Commons) and Gilbert (Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, see Off-Road Tours, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire the architecture and history at Old Adobe Mission.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Phoenix visit planner.

Drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Flagstaff in December: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 23°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
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New Jersey travel guide

4.1
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.
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