40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
+3
train + subway + train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Chicago
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Kayenta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Page
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Sedona
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Los Angeles
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Indianapolis
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h
12
Savannah
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 45​min
13
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  7​h 15​min
14
Marathon
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  13​h 45​min
15
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + train:  20​h
End: Birmingham

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District and then contemplate the long history of Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans online itinerary maker .

Birmingham, UK to New Orleans is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Birmingham to New Orleans, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Birmingham, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Trails

Side Trips

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, Crosby Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Garden District ©
Garden District
Crosby Arboretum ©
Crosby Arboretum

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Lotz House Museum and Downtown Nashville are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Edgar Evins State Park and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

Getting from New Orleans to Nashville by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and slightly colder nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Edgar Evins State Park
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Edgar Evins State Park ©
Edgar Evins State Park

3
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Parker Pioneer Homestead and Alex Haley House Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Get out of town with these interesting Memphis side-trips: Parkin Archeological State Park (in Parkin) and Mississippi River State Park (in Marianna).

Before you visit Memphis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mississippi River State Park, Alex Haley House Museum, Parkin Archeological State Park, Parker Pioneer Homestead
Highlights from your plan
Mississippi River State Park ©
Mississippi River State Park
Alex Haley House Museum ©
Alex Haley House Museum
Parker Pioneer Homestead ©
Parker Pioneer Homestead

1
night
Chicago

Chicago
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chicago trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Chicago takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, Chicago is little chillier than Memphis - with highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C. On the 19th (Sun), you're off toYellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Chicago

Nightlife Parks Fun & Games

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.
Visiting Grand Loop Road and Lake Butte Overlook will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Firehole Canyon Drive and Mud Volcano. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Jenny Lake in Moran--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's more to do: trek along Jenny Lake Trail and take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Yellowstone National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of flight and car from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in May, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (13°C), and nights are much colder (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kayenta.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenny Lake, Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

1
night
Kayenta

Kayenta ©
Kayenta is a U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Navajo National Monument and then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

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Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Kayenta by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, expect Kayenta to be much hotter, temps between 30°C and 15°C. You will leave for Page on the 25th (Sat).

Things to do in Kayenta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Navajo National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Navajo National Monument ©
Navajo National Monument
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

3
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and Paria Canyon Wilderness Area. Escape the urban bustle at Paria River Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Go for a jaunt from Page to Marble Canyon to see Northern Arizona Guide Service about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon and take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Page trip builder app .

Drive from Kayenta to Page in 2 hours. In May in Page, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Northern Arizona Guide Service, Paria Canyon Wilderness Area, Paria River Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Paria River Canyon ©
Paria River Canyon

5
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get in touch with nature at V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park and Historic Downtown and Railroad District will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Sedona side-trips: Museum of Northern Arizona (in Flagstaff), Montezuma Well (in Rimrock) and Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town (in Jerome). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Whiskey Row, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fay Canyon Trail, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sedona journey builder .

Traveling by car from Page to Sedona takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. May in Sedona sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Rimrock, Prescott, Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well

1
day
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Los Angeles takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, Los Angeles is little chillier than Sedona - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. You'll set off for San Diego on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Los Angeles

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), examine the collection at Maritime Museum of San Diego, explore the striking landscape at Point Loma, and then examine the collection at Old Town Model Railroad Depot.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Diego day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for a bit cooler days in San Diego, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Indianapolis.

Things to do in San Diego

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Point Loma ©
Point Loma
Maritime Museum of San Diego ©
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Old Town Model Railroad Depot ©
Old Town Model Railroad Depot

1
day
Indianapolis

Indianapolis
Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Indianapolis trip planner .

Traveling by flight from San Diego to Indianapolis takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Diego to Indianapolis, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Diego in June, you will find days in Indianapolis are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). You will leave for Savannah on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Indianapolis

Parks Museums Nightlife

3
nights
Savannah

Savannah
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Coligny Beach. When in Savannah, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hilton Head, approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, and wander the streets of Savannah Historic District.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savannah trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Indianapolis to Savannah takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Indianapolis in June, with highs in Savannah at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hilton Head, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get outdoors at Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Savannah to Gatlinburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gatlinburg when traveling from Savannah in June, with lows around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Titanic Museum Attraction, Blue Ridge Pkwy, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Sombrero Beach and Crane Point Museum & Nature Center will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Marathon: Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory (in Key West) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Key Largo). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Bahia Honda State Park and identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marathon sightseeing planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Marathon by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Marathon when traveling from Gatlinburg in June, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Key West, Scuba & Snorkeling, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

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nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Salt Creek Interpretive Trail, contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works, and then tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Death Valley National Park online route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi from Marathon to Death Valley National Park in 14 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Marathon to Death Valley National Park is minus 3 hours. When traveling from Marathon in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Death Valley National Park: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge ©
Harmony Borax Works ©
Harmony Borax Works
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail ©
Salt Creek Interpretive Trail

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