36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

36 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Chicago
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Rapid City
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Denver
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Moab
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Seattle
— 4 nights
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Sedona
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Los Angeles
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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Chicago Photo Safaris, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, and finally kick back and relax at Oak Street Beach.

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Durham to Chicago is an approximately 14-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durham to Chicago. When traveling from Durham in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Chicago

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

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.
On the 7th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Suzie Cappa Art Center, examine the collection at Museum of Geology, examine the collection at America's Founding Fathers Exhibit, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and finally learn about winemaking at Firehouse Wine Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a pleasant ride with The Stables at Palmer Gulch, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then explore the stunning scenery at Canyon Lake Park.

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Drive from Chicago to Rapid City in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rapid City when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Denver

— 1 day

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cherry Creek Trail, and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rapid City to Denver takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of the city life by going to Canyonlands Ballooning and Skydive Moab. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Double Arch and Balanced Rock Trail. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, race across the water with Moab Jett, stroll through Park Avenue Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gemini Bridges.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Moab itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Moab in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, Moab is somewhat warmer than Denver - with highs of 95°F and lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Museum of Flight and Seattle Art Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Point Defiance Park and Alki Beach. Step out of Seattle with an excursion to LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, take in panoramic vistas at Sky View Observatory, and walk around Kerry Park.

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Traveling by car from Moab to Seattle takes 18.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moab to Seattle due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Moab in June: highs in Seattle hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 1 night

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ocean Beach, then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, and then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then stroll through Miramar Beach, and then kick back and relax at San Gregorio State Beach.

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You can drive from Seattle to San Francisco in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, then don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Cloud's Rest. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then trek along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally identify plant and animal life at YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The 45th Parallel, hike along Monument Geyser Basin, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, then explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids, and finally make a trip to Petrified Tree.

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Traveling by flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, shuttle, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 25th (Fri), trek along Riverside Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail, then hike along Timber Creek Overlook Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Checkerboard Mesa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, then grab your bike and head to Pa'rus Trail, and then hike along Watchman Trail.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zion National Park day trip planning app.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, plan for much hotter days in Zion National Park, with highs around 94°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Titanic, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spring Mountains Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Counts Kustoms, then stop by The LINQ Promenade, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and finally don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 77°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 103°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 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 29th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then trot along with Canyon Trail Rides, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, walk around Indian Garden, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and finally hike along South Kaibab Trail.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in June, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are colder with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Explore hidden gems such as Oak Creek Canyon and Doe Mountain Trail. Visiting Sedona Adventure Tours and Brin's Mesa Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, and learn about winemaking at Pillsbury Wine Company North.

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Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Sedona hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 68°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Broad, then stroll through 26-Mile Bike Path, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, identify plant and animal life at Marina del Rey Whale Watching, then get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Sedona to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are little chillier (83°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Barton Springs Pool and Austin Nature & Science Center. Get outdoors at Zip Lost Pines and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with these side-trips from Austin: Comal River (in New Braunfels), Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley) and Flat Creek Estate Winery (in Marble Falls). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at Bike and Brew ATX, admire the majestic nature at McKinney Falls State Park, admire the landmark architecture of St. Mary's Cathedral, and Head underground at Inner Space Cavern.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Austin trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Austin in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, expect Austin to be somewhat warmer, temps between 98°F and 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Illinois travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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 · Historic Sites · 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.