36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Drive to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 8 nights
Bus
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
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Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 6 nights
Fly
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Keystone
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Jackson Hole Airport, Fly to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Drive to Mechanicsville

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Yosemite National Park

— 8 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.
Attractions like Glacier Point and Tioga Pass make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite, Tunnel View and Sentinel Dome. The adventure continues: hike along Four Mile Trail, stroll through Lembert Dome, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

Mechanicsville to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect much colder evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from Mechanicsville in September, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 4 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Visit General Sherman Tree and The Presidente tree for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Giant Forest and Zumwalt Meadow Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park side-trips: Death Valley National Park (Dante's View & Zabriskie Point). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, hike along Buena Vista Peak Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Congress Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip maker.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, expect nights in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to be much warmer, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to San Simeon.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 1 night
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, and then step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read San Simeon trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to San Simeon takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in September, San Simeon is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Monterey.

Things to do in San Simeon

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Get in touch with nature at Point Lobos and Monterey Bay. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and McWay Falls. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to Big Sur (Pfeiffer State Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Carmel River State Beach, and admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Monterey travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Monterey takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from San Simeon in September, you will find days in Monterey are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Gate Bridge and California Academy of Sciences. The adventure continues: explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, immerse yourself in nature at Marin Headlands, stroll through Lands End, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your San Francisco trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Monterey to San Francisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a bus. In September in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 6 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.
Popular historic sites such as Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation and St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Niagara Wax Museum of History and Niagara Aerospace Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and get a new perspective on things with Maid of the Mist.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from San Francisco to Niagara Falls in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Niagara Falls, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Keystone.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Keystone

— 4 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Take a break from the city and head to Iron Mountain Road and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gutzon Borglum Historical Center and South Dakota State Railroad Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Custer County 1881 Courthouse in Custer (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: hike along Presidential Trail, explore the activities along Stockade Lake, see the interesting displays at Keystone Historical Museum, and take in the pleasant sights at Sunday Gulch Trail.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Keystone online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Keystone takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Keystone. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Niagara Falls in October: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 57°F and lows are around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Pelican Creek Trail, explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Golden Gate Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, and finally hike along Purple Mountain Trail.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park day trip website.

You can fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in October, expect Yellowstone National Park to be little chillier, temps between 47°F and 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.