38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chicago
— 2 nights
Drive
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Devils Tower
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Boulder City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive
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San Francisco
— 1 night
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Chapel Hill

— 2 nights
Chapel Hill is a town in Durham and Orange Counties, and the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chapel Hill: Fred G. Bond Metro Park (in Cary) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Town Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Ackland Art Museum, make a trip to Downtown Chapel Hill, and go for a walk through North Carolina Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chapel Hill online attractions planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Chapel Hill is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Edinburgh to Chapel Hill is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Edinburgh in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Chapel Hill: highs are around 30°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Chapel Hill

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Golf

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, examine the collection at The National Archives Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Getting from Chapel Hill to Washington DC by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Niagara Falls: Patriots and Heroes Park (in Williamsville) and Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (in Buffalo). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Niagara Jet Adventures, immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls, and take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Washington DC to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Washington DC in May, expect Niagara Falls to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the world behind art at The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk around Millennium Park, then meet the residents at Shedd Aquarium, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Chicago trip website.

You can fly from Niagara Falls to Chicago in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Chicago, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Devils Tower.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Devils Tower

— 2 nights
A trip to Devils Tower proves equally suitable for adrenaline addicts and nature enthusiasts on the lookout for unique geological formations.
Change things up with these side-trips from Devils Tower: West Texas Trail Museum (in Moorcroft) and Crook County Museum (in Sundance). And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Tower Trail, examine the collection at Hulett Museum, look for gifts at Devils Tower Trading Post, and explore the world behind art at Rogue's Gallery.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Devils Tower driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Chicago to Devils Tower takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Devils Tower to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 13°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Devils Tower

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park to see Grand Teton about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and trek along Observation Point Trail.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Devils Tower to Yellowstone National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Devils Tower in June, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 22°C and lows at 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, trek along Park Avenue Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiery Furnace, and cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 41°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Arches National Park in June: highs in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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 15th (Wed), hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Plan trip to Las Vegas with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June: highs in Las Vegas hover around 46°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Boulder City.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks · Museums

Boulder City

— 2 nights

Home of Hoover Dam

A desert town with an interesting history, Boulder City was created by the United States government in 1931 to provide housing for workers building the Hoover Dam, a famous Depression-era project.
Explore Boulder City's surroundings by going to Overton (Valley of Fire State Park & Mouse's Tank). And it doesn't end there: see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, identify plant and animal life at Veteran's Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Trail, and examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Boulder City, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Boulder City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Boulder City, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Boulder City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 2 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 20th (Mon): make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, then get to know the fascinating history of Santa Monica Pier, then make a trip to Santa Monica Yacht Harbor Sign, and finally cruise along Mulholland Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame and then get in on the family fun at Disneyland Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Boulder City to Los Angeles takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Boulder City in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Taft Point, surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and make a trip to Yosemite Village.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for little chillier nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

South Lake Tahoe

— 1 night
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Tallac Historic Site, steep yourself in history at Vikingsholm, and then savor the flavors at Wine Tours From Tahoe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at Lake Tahoe Yoga, try your luck at Harveys Casino, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planning tool.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in South Lake Tahoe are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

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 27th (Mon): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our San Francisco day trip website.

Drive from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

United States travel guide

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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.