40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
3
San Diego
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  7​h
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Cody
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
6
Custer
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
7
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
8
Branson
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
New York City
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Prague

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz Island and Exploratorium. Change things up with these side-trips from San Francisco: Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards (in St. Helena) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Twin Peaks, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to San Francisco is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Prague to San Francisco, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in July, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (26°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Castello di Amorosa ©
Castello di Amorosa
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Explore hidden gems such as Lahaina Front Street and Haleakala Crater. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kai Pua Artist Studio and Maui On Metal. Step out of Lahaina to go to Kihei and see Scuba & Snorkeling, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kahekili Beach Park, don't miss a visit to Lahaina Banyan Court, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina trip planner .

You can fly from San Francisco to Lahaina in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Lahaina is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in July, with highs in Lahaina at 35°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Haleakala Crater, Kapalua Beach, Maui Ocean Center, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Lahaina Front Street ©
Lahaina Front Street
Kapalua Beach ©
Kapalua Beach

1
day
San Diego

San Diego ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): meet the residents at San Diego Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the San Diego sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to San Diego in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. In July, San Diego is slightly colder than Lahaina - with highs of 29°C and lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in San Diego

Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Horseback Riding Tours. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, identify plant and animal life at Lamar Valley, and make a trip to Artist Point.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park attractions website .

Getting from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, shuttle, and car; or drive. Traveling from San Diego to Yellowstone National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in July, expect colder with lows of 4°C in Yellowstone National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

4
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Get a sense of the local culture at Buffalo Bill Center of the West and Museum of the Plains Indian. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and Cody Firearms Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cody: Meeteetse (Kirwin Ghost Town & Meeteetse Museums). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum, get your game on at Cody Firearms Experience, LLC, shop like a local with Whitney Gallery, and delve into the lush surroundings at Shoshone National Forest.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cody trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, expect Cody to be somewhat warmer, temps between 30°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Meeteetse, Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Old Trail Town ©
Old Trail Town
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Mount Moriah Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Custer State Park and Needles Eye Tunnel. Venture out of the city with trips to Presidential Trail (in Keystone), Adams House (in Deadwood) and Insideout (in Hill City). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, do a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery, and explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Custer vacation tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Cody to Custer in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Custer are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Hill City, Deadwood, Presidential Trail, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Mount Moriah Cemetery ©
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Prairie Berry Winery ©
Prairie Berry Winery

4
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get a sense of the local culture at Canyon Road and Santa Fe Plaza. Discover out-of-the-way places like Loretto Chapel and Museum of International Folk Art. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Keshi, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip planner .

Getting from Custer to Santa Fe by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in August: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 34°C and lows are around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

3
nights
Branson

Branson ©
Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Titanic Museum and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Thorncrown Chapel and St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. When in Branson, make a side trip to see The Walmart Museum in Bentonville, approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Moonshine Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Branson trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Branson by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to Branson. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Branson, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Branson

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Eureka Springs, Bentonville, Table Rock Lake
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum
The Walmart Museum ©
The Walmart Museum

6
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, admire all the interesting features of The High Line, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New York City vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Branson to New York City takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Branson to New York City. In August in New York City, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

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

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