39 days in Continental USA Itinerary

39 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Fly to Portsmouth International at Pease Airport, Drive to Ogunquit
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Ogunquit
— 1 night
Bus to Boston, MA - Logan Airport, Fly to Cooperstown
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Cooperstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Harpers Ferry
— 1 night
Drive
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Baltimore
— 2 nights
Fly
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Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mobile
— 1 night
Drive
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vicksburg
— 1 night
Fly
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Austin
— 1 night
Drive
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly
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San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly to Portland, Bus to Newport
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Newport
— 1 night
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Bus to Portland, Fly to Bozeman, Shuttle to West Yellowstone
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West Yellowstone
— 8 nights
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Ogunquit

— 1 night
Ogunquit means "beautiful place by the sea" in the language of the Native Americans who inhabited the region long ago, and this remains an accurate description of this holiday destination today.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Compliments, take in the dramatic natural features at Perkins Cove, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ogunquit Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Nubble Lighthouse, and then examine the collection at John Hancock Wharf & Warehouse.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ogunquit route maker site.

Aalborg, Denmark to Ogunquit is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Aalborg to Ogunquit, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Aalborg in January, expect Ogunquit to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Ogunquit

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Cooperstown

— 1 night

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Petrified Creatures and then examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooperstown online journey builder.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Ogunquit to Cooperstown in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Cooperstown can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums

Side Trip

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 21st (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, steep yourself in history at Harpers Ferry Station, and then examine the collection at Ferry Hill Plantation.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Harpers Ferry online trip planner.

You can drive from Cooperstown to Harpers Ferry in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cooperstown in January: high temperatures in Harpers Ferry hover around 5°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Baltimore.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Baltimore

— 2 nights

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and then learn about all things military at U.S. Naval Academy. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at The Walters Art Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Aquarium, then take a tour of Historic Ships in Baltimore, and finally see the interesting displays at American Visionary Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Baltimore day trip app.

You can drive from Harpers Ferry to Baltimore in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Harpers Ferry in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -1°C in Baltimore. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Louisville.

Things to do in Baltimore

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Louisville

— 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Muhammad Ali Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, and finally enjoy some diversion at Churchill Downs.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip itinerary app.

Getting from Baltimore to Louisville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, then admire the striking features of Nashville Parthenon, and then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January in Nashville, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 2 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, then get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, then take an in-depth tour of Bush's Visitor Center, and finally stop by Smoky Mountain Knife Works. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pigeon Forge day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mobile.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mobile

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Alabama Contemporary Art Center, then learn about all things military at Battleship USS ALABAMA, then get engrossed in the history at National African-American Archives Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mobile Police History Museum.

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

Fly from Pigeon Forge to Mobile in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in January, things will get a bit warmer in Mobile: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to New Orleans.

Things to do in Mobile

Museums

New Orleans

— 2 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, wander the streets of Royal Street, then see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District. Here are some ideas for day two: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and then see the interesting displays at Whitney Plantation.

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Traveling by car from Mobile to New Orleans takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from Mobile in January, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Vicksburg.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vicksburg

— 1 night
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get engrossed in the history at U.S.S. Cairo Museum, take in the history at Grant's canal, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Texas Monument.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vicksburg journey planning app.

Drive from New Orleans to Vicksburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Vicksburg, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, and then admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Austin day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Vicksburg to Austin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Austin are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns, contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in February, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Denver.

Things to do in San Antonio

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Denver

— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning website.

Fly from San Antonio to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In February, Denver is colder than San Antonio - with highs of 8°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, and then immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Frontier Museum and then take in breathtaking views at Canyonlands National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Denver to Moab in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Moab

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Counts Kustoms and The Neon Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton) and Hoover Dam (in Boulder City). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pinball Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at Titanic, and try your luck at Wynn Las Vegas.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moab in February, expect Las Vegas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to San Diego.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trips

San Diego

— 2 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stroll through Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and then take a leisurely stroll along Oceanside Pier. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Coronado Island and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Diego trip tool.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 13°C in San Diego. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Newport.

Things to do in San Diego

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Newport

— 1 night
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse, stroll through Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Edge Art Gallery. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Heceta Head Lighthouse, take a memorable drive along Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest, then get engrossed in the history at Waldport Heritage Museum, and finally take in the waterfront at Newport's Historic Bayfront.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Newport road trip planning app.

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Newport in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in February, expect Newport to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Nature

Side Trips

West Yellowstone

— 8 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Get a sense of the local culture at Downtown Bozeman and Boothill Cemetery. Museum of the Yellowstone and Museum of the Rockies will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Nevada City Ghost Town (in Nevada City), J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum (in Virginia City) and Big Sky (Big Sky Resort, Yellowstone Club, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, take in the natural beauty of Chico Hot Springs, and head outdoors with Yellowstone Nature Connection.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the West Yellowstone trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Newport to West Yellowstone takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newport to West Yellowstone due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Newport in February; daily highs in West Yellowstone reach -3°C and lows reach -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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 · Canyons
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.

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.

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.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Montana travel guide

4.7
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Nature & Parks
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.