36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour builder

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Washington DC
— 5 nights
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New York City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Chicago
— 5 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Fly
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Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chandler
— 1 night
Drive
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Tucson
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Phoenix, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Philipsburg
— 1 night
Drive to Missoula International Airport, Fly to Atlanta

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Washington DC

— 5 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Gettysburg National Military Park and Artworks. Let the collections at National Gallery of Art and Madame Tussauds DC capture your imagination. Explore Washington DC's surroundings by going to National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (in Emmitsburg), Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg National Cemetery, &more) and Baltimore (Loring Cornish Gallery & Sagamore Spirit Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Eastern Market, and get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC tour itinerary app.

Atlanta to Washington DC is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. May in Washington DC sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

New York City

— 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Fifth Avenue or Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Visit 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral for their historical value. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Philadelphia (Society Hill, Reading Terminal Market, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Times Square, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, stop by The Strand Bookstore, and go for a walk through Central Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the New York City online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in May: highs in New York City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Field Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Chicago: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co. (in DeKalb), Skeleton Key Brewery (in Woodridge) and SaltTreeYoga (in Ottawa). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with The Magnificent Mile, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Park, contemplate the long history of Pleasant Home, and take an in-depth tour of Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

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Traveling by flight from New York City to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Chicago sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Commonwheel Artists Co-op. For shopping fun, head to Park meadows mall or Ruxton's Trading Post. Venture out of the city with trips to Denver (Mockery Brewing, Beer Tastings & Tours, &more). There's more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods and admire the masterpieces at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online visit planner.

You can fly from Chicago to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 20th (Thu), get into the urban bustle at Riverwalk Center, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, then don't miss a visit to The O2 Lounge, then sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Breckenridge Distillery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, you will find days in Breckenridge are colder (44°F), and nights are little chillier (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can fly to Sedona.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art and Raku Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. For shopping fun, head to Renee Taylor Gallery or Rowe Fine Art Gallery. And it doesn't end there: stop by Kachina House, view the masterpieces at Sedona Hummingbird Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Greg Lawson Galleries - Passion for Place, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sedona holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Breckenridge to Sedona takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Breckenridge in May, with highs in Sedona at 78°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Popular historic sites such as Hermit's Rest and Grand Canyon Railway Depot are in your itinerary. On the 25th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Hopi House, trek along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park planning site.

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are colder with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Chandler.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Chandler

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pick up some local products at Superstition Ranch Market, look for gifts at Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chandler attractions planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Chandler in 4 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Chandler at 91°F and lows at 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Chandler

Shopping · Tours · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): shop like a local with Etherton Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Madaras Gallery, and then indulge your senses at Arizona Winery Tours. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tucson road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Chandler to Tucson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tucson are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Tucson

Shopping · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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.
Visit Fort Yellowstone Historic District and S Rim Trail for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fountain Paint Pot.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tucson to Yellowstone National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tucson in May, expect Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, temps between 53°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Philipsburg.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Philipsburg

— 1 night
Philipsburg is a town in and the county seat of Granite County, Montana, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stop by Philipsburg Treasures and Gift.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Philipsburg route tool.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Philipsburg takes 7 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June: high temperatures in Philipsburg hover around 73°F and lows are around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Philipsburg

Shopping

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.