36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 2 nights
ferry + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
4
Anchorage
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 15​min
5
Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Buena Vista
— 1 day
+4
bus + train + foot + Fly + taxi:  9​h
9
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
10
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Rochester

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Hayden Valley and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone to see Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, trek along Artist Point, and take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park tour planner.

Rochester to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Rochester in July, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium, enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, then admire all the interesting features of Safeco Field, and then take a stroll through Pioneer Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Seattle day trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Seattle are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are warmer (60°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Olympic National Park and then take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Olympic National Park planner .

Getting from Seattle to Olympic National Park by combination of ferry and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Seattle in July, things will get little chillier in Olympic National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruby Beach ©
Ruby Beach
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Olympic National Park ©
Olympic National Park

1
night
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and then steep yourself in history at Alaska Native Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Anchorage trip builder .

Getting from Olympic National Park to Anchorage by combination of bus, flight, and car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Olympic National Park to Anchorage is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Anchorage are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Anchorage

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Alaska Native Heritage Center ©
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©

3
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Popular historic sites such as USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial are in your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Waikiki Beach and Kailua Beach Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, and take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Anchorage to Honolulu in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Honolulu. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Anchorage in July, with highs in Honolulu at 88°F and lows at 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleiwa, Kailua Beach Park
Highlights from your plan
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
USS Arizona Memorial ©
USS Arizona Memorial
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kids will enjoy Exploratorium and Safari West. Visit Golden Gate Bridge and The Embarcadero for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley). There's much more to do: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, expand your understanding of the military at Fort Point, shop like a local with Union Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Steps.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to San Francisco takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Hawaii Standard Time (HST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Honolulu in July, things will get slightly colder in San Francisco: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Safari West
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Exploratorium ©
Exploratorium

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Tuolumne Meadows and Vernal Fall. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, get great views at Tunnel View, cruise along Tioga Pass, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park travel planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Buena Vista in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, flight, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Buena Vista due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Cades Cove. Kids will appreciate attractions like Grotto Falls Trail and Dollywood. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and catch some excitement at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Gatlinburg by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buena Vista in August: highs in Gatlinburg hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Trinity Church. Attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Times Square, go for a walk through The High Line, make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument, and examine the collection at New York Public Library.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Gatlinburg to New York City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial

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