36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Bryson City
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + tram + Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Port Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Forks
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
5
Seattle
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Portland
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
9
Wilmington
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Hatteras Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Nags Head
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Bryson City

The location of an old Cherokee village, Bryson City embraces a quiet side of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum and The Cottage Craftsman. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Indian Creek Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bryson City: Highlands (Bust Your Butt Falls & Dry Falls). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, hop aboard Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, and explore the world behind art at Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bryson City online travel route builder .

Charlotte to Bryson City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in June, with highs in Bryson City at 81°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Port Angeles.

Things to do in Bryson City

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Cherokee, Highlands, Indian Creek Falls, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad ©
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

3
nights
Port Angeles

Port Angeles ©
Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County, Washington, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Hurricane Ridge and Hoh River. Step off the beaten path and head to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and Dungeness River Audubon Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Olympic National Park (Murhut Falls, Olympic National Park, & more). It doesn't end there: trek along Second Beach Trail and relax in the rural setting at B&B Family Farm.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Angeles tour itinerary maker site .

Getting from Bryson City to Port Angeles by combination of car and flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bryson City in June; daily highs in Port Angeles reach 66°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Forks.

Things to do in Port Angeles

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Olympic National Park, Sequim
Highlights from your plan
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

2
nights
Forks

Forks ©
Forks is a city in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): kick back and relax at First Beach and then stroll through La Push Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): Head underground at Tree Root Cave, then see the interesting displays at John's Beachcombing Museum, then examine the collection at Forks Timber Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Third Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Forks travel planner.

Traveling by car from Port Angeles to Forks takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Forks can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Forks

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

La Push
Highlights from your plan
First Beach ©
First Beach
Tree Root Cave ©
Tree Root Cave
John's Beachcombing Museum ©
John's Beachcombing Museum

3
nights
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Lime Kiln Point State Park. Visiting Springtide Paddlesports and Pelindaba Lavender Farm will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Stuart Island State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Island Studios, see the interesting displays at The Whale Museum, and get outside with The Schooner, Spike Africa, Friday Harbor, san Juan Islands.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip planner.

You can drive from Forks to Friday Harbor in 5.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Island Studios ©
Island Studios

3
nights
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Get some cultural insight at Chihuly Garden and Glass and Pike Place Market. Let the collections at The Museum of Flight and Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Seattle: Seahurst Beach Park (in Burien) and Snoqualmie Falls (in Snoqualmie). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Pop Culture and explore the world behind art at Seattle Art Museum.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. Traveling from Friday Harbor in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Seattle, with lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Snoqualmie Falls, Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour, Seahurst Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

4
nights
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Get outdoors at Cannon Beach and Astoria Column. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Columbia River Maritime Museum and Seaside Inverted Experience. Venture out of the city with trips to Rockaway Beach Wayside (in Rockaway Beach), Little Zigzag Falls (in Government Camp) and Cannon Beach (Haystack Rock & Icefire Glassworks). There's more to do: explore by horseback at Ramona Falls Trail and admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Portland trip app .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Portland can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Portland

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Cannon Beach, Astoria, Ramona Falls Trail, Little Zigzag Falls, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Columbia River Maritime Museum ©
Columbia River Maritime Museum

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Bright Angel Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Rim Trail. There's more to do: trek along North Kaibab Trail and get great views at Powell Point.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Portland to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Portland in June, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien are in your itinerary. Visiting Muir Woods National Monument and Twin Peaks will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Goat Rock Beach (in Jenner) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and kick back and relax at Bodega Dunes.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to San Francisco takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (71°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Wilmington.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Bodega Dunes, Castello di Amorosa, Goat Rock Beach, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

2
nights
Wilmington

Wilmington ©
Wilmington is a port city and the county seat of New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. Get some cultural insight at Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and Oak Island Lighthouse. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Oak Island Beaches and Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex. Explore Wilmington's surroundings by going to Topsail Boat Rental (in Surf City) and North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport (in Southport). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Airlie Gardens and explore the world behind art at Expo 216.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Wilmington trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Wilmington in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Wilmington: highs are around 88°F and lows about 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hatteras Island.

Things to do in Wilmington

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Oak Island, Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex, North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, Topsail Boat Rental
Highlights from your plan
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA ©
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
Topsail Boat Rental ©
Topsail Boat Rental
Oak Island Beaches ©
Oak Island Beaches

2
nights
Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island ©
Get in touch with nature at Frisco Beach and Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Visit Salvo Beach and Haulover for some beach relaxation.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hatteras Island holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Wilmington to Hatteras Island in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nags Head.

Things to do in Hatteras Island

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse ©
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Frisco Beach ©
Frisco Beach
Pea Island Art Gallery, Salvo, NC ©

3
nights
Nags Head

Nags Head ©
Nags Head is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Bodie Island Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coquina Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Wright Brothers National Memorial, and finally gear up at Ocean Atlantic Rentals. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nags Head online attractions planner .

You can drive from Hatteras Island to Nags Head in 1.5 hours. In July in Nags Head, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nags Head

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kill Devil Hills, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Coquina Beach
Highlights from your plan
Wright Brothers National Memorial ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park ©
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Bodie Island Lighthouse ©
Bodie Island Lighthouse

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