36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Blowing Rock
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Highlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Huntsville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Natchez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
9
Dallas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
11
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  13​h
13
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
14
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
15
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
16
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Anaheim

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): trek along Henry Hudson Trail, then don't miss a visit to Asbury Park Boardwalk, and then kick back and relax at 8th Ave Jetty. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market and then explore and take pictures at Central Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our New York City trip maker app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and John F Kennedy International Airport. In September, daytime highs in New York City are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Asbury Park, Henry Hudson Trail
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Chelsea Market ©
Chelsea Market
Asbury Park Boardwalk ©
Asbury Park Boardwalk

3
nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Skyline Drive and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, ponder the world of politics at White House, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Washington DC road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Blowing Rock.

Things to do in Washington DC

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Skyline Drive, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ©

2
nights
Blowing Rock

Blowing Rock is a town in Watauga and Caldwell counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): trek along The Greenway Trail, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appalachian Mountain Brewery, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at The Orchard at Altapass, then learn about winemaking at Linville Falls Winery, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Blowing Rock Brewery.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Blowing Rock online road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Blowing Rock in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In September, Blowing Rock is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Highlands.

Things to do in Blowing Rock

Outdoors Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Boone, The Orchard at Altapass, Linville Falls Winery
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Linville Falls Winery ©
Linville Falls Winery
The Orchard at Altapass ©
The Orchard at Altapass

2
nights
Highlands

Highlands ©
Highlands is an incorporated town in Macon County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Whitewater Falls, admire the sheer force of Silver Run Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine and then admire the sheer force of Dry Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Highlands trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Blowing Rock to Highlands takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Blowing Rock in September, expect nights in Highlands to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Huntsville.

Things to do in Highlands

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Silver Run Falls, Whiteside Mountain, Mason's Ruby & Sapphire Mine, Whitewater Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dry Falls ©
Dry Falls
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Whitewater Falls ©
Whitewater Falls

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Huntsville

Huntsville ©
The three historical districts of Huntsville are tucked amid the lush greenery of nearly 60 parks within the city limits.
On the 29th (Sun), engage your brain at U.S. Space and Rocket Center, admire the natural beauty at Huntsville Botanical Garden, and then identify plant and animal life at Harmony Park Safari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Maple Hill Cemetery, then immerse yourself in nature at Monte Sano State Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Prichard's Distillery, and finally stop by University Pickers.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Huntsville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Highlands to Huntsville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Huntsville when traveling from Highlands in September, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Huntsville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Prichard's Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Huntsville Botanical Garden ©
Huntsville Botanical Garden
U.S. Space and Rocket Center ©
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
Maple Hill Cemetery ©
Maple Hill Cemetery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): make a trip to Graceland, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, look for gifts at Memphis Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Huntsville to Memphis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. September in Memphis sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
The Peabody Ducks ©
The Peabody Ducks

2
nights
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Natchez National Cemetery, then get engrossed in the history at Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, then contemplate the long history of First Presbyterian Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bluff Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Longwood, then steep yourself in history at Auburn Museum & Historic Home, then contemplate the long history of Frogmore Plantation, and finally don't miss a visit to William Johnson House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Natchez trip planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Natchez in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and car. In October, daily temperatures in Natchez can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Frogmore Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Natchez National Cemetery ©
Natchez National Cemetery
Longwood ©
Longwood
Frogmore Plantation ©
Frogmore Plantation

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nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 5th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Clue Carre - New Orleans' First Live Escape Game. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, then appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and finally examine the collection at Whitney Plantation.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New Orleans trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Natchez to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Natchez, expect little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Whitney Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Wild Bill's Western Store, then take some stellar pictures from Reunion Tower, and finally make a trip to Pioneer Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and then see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dallas tour itinerary builder .

Fly from New Orleans to Dallas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Dallas, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 10th (Thu), examine the collection at American Banjo Museum, then appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then examine the collection at Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oklahoma City online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Dallas to Oklahoma City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, Oklahoma City is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Fri) before leaving for Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums

Side Trip

Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum
Highlights from your plan
Centennial Land Run Monument ©
Centennial Land Run Monument
American Banjo Museum ©
American Banjo Museum

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then stroll through Garden of the Gods, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Oklahoma City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in October: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 22°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Climbing Tours

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 14th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at High Country Trails, explore by horseback at Winding River Resort Stables, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Winding River Resort Stables, High Country Trails
Highlights from your plan
Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables
High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails
Forest Canyon Overlook ©
Forest Canyon Overlook

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get great views at Yaki Point, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, then admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, and finally take some stellar pictures from Powell Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Bright Angel Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get your game on at Dig This, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally have fun at The Range 702. On your second day here, see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas route planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Fun & Games Tours

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam
Food Tours

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nights
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.
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, make a trip to Olmsted Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Panorama Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Sentinel Dome, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then trek along Four Mile Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from New York City in November, expect colder with lows of -8°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Wed), head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Exploratorium and then make a trip to Golden Gate Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, expect nights in San Francisco to be warmer, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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