41 days in Continental USA Itinerary

41 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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41 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Drive:  31​h
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  17​h 30​min
2
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
3
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 6 nights
Drive:  33​h
5
Charleston
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Hilton Head
— 5 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
7
Pittsburgh
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Evanston
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Boston

7
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.
Get outdoors at Fishing Charters & Tours and Artist Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Yellowstone Lake and Lamar Valley. When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, identify plant and animal life at Firehole Canyon Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Gibbon Falls, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip planning app .

Pittsburgh to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Pittsburgh in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

West Yellowstone
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Exploratorium and Alcatraz Island. Get outdoors at Twin Peaks and Presidio of San Francisco. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, and take a stroll through Union Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the San Francisco holiday builder tool .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for much hotter nights when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 59°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Presidio of San Francisco ©
Presidio of San Francisco

4
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion National Park and Hidden Canyon. Visiting The Narrows and Riverside Walk will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park travel planner .

Getting from San Francisco to Zion National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Zion National Park. When traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

6
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Head to Newman Gallery and Honshin Fine Artfor plenty of shopping. Popular historic sites such as Jerome State Historic Park and Oak Creek Vista Point are in your itinerary. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Montezuma Well (in Rimrock), Prescott (Whiskey Row & Lynx Lake Recreation Area) and Coconino National Forest (in Flagstaff). And it doesn't end there: stop by Kachina House, stroll around Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, explore the ancient world of Tuzigoot National Monument, and view the masterpieces at Son Silver West Gallery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sedona route builder site .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Sedona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Sedona. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Charleston.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Prescott, Montezuma Well, Coconino National Forest, Tuzigoot National Monument, Jerome State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Tuzigoot National Monument ©
Tuzigoot National Monument

4
nights
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Fort Moultrie and Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Fishing Charters & Tours. Step out of Charleston to go to Edisto Island and see Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, browse the eclectic array of goods at Charleston City Market, admire the natural beauty at Washington Square, and get a new perspective on nature at The Charleston Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Charleston day trip site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sedona to Charleston takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sedona to Charleston, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Charleston when traveling from Sedona in September, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Folly Beach, Fort Moultrie, Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Fort Moultrie ©
Fort Moultrie

5
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Speed Boats Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. Get in touch with nature at Hilton Head Island Bike Trails and Folly Field Beach Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Mitchelville Freedom Park, putt your heart out at Legendary Golf, and play a few rounds at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hilton Head online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 71°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Golf
Highlights from your plan
Speed Boats Tours
Fishing Charters & Tours
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails

3
nights
Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh ©
Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
Fallingwater and Saint Anthony Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mount Washington and Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Change things up with a short trip to Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, snap pictures at Roberto Clemente Bridge (Sixth Street Bridge), and see the interesting displays at Bicycle Heaven.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pittsburgh trip planner .

You can fly from Hilton Head to Pittsburgh in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hilton Head in September, things will get a bit cooler in Pittsburgh: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Evanston.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cucumber Falls, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Fallingwater
Highlights from your plan
Fallingwater ©
Fallingwater
Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve ©
Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve

3
nights
Evanston

Evanston ©
Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. On the 26th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, then stroll through Rosewood Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Baha'i House of Worship. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Wolff's Flea Market, then take in the exciting artwork at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and then look for gifts at Adagio Teas.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Evanston itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pittsburgh to Evanston. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Evanston, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Evanston, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Evanston

Parks Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Skokie, Rosewood Beach, Baha'i House of Worship, Skokie Lagoons, Wolff's Flea Market
Highlights from your plan
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve ©
Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve
Skokie Lagoons ©
Skokie Lagoons
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship

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