41 days in United States Itinerary

41 days in United States Itinerary

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
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Waterloo
— 1 night
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Custer
— 1 night
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West Yellowstone
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Nashville
— 15 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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New Orleans — 3 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, wander the streets of Frenchmen Street, and appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Orleans online vacation builder.

Estero to New Orleans is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Estero to New Orleans. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estero in October: highs in New Orleans hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Waterloo.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Waterloo — 1 night

Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. On the 6th (Thu), relax in the rural setting at Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy, take a stroll through Cedar Falls Main Street, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, examine the collection at John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum and then see the interesting displays at Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Waterloo trip planner.

Explore your travel options from New Orleans to Waterloo with the Route module. Traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for colder nights in Waterloo, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Custer.
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Custer — 1 night

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Native American Educational and Cultural Center and then appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Waterloo to Custer. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Waterloo to Custer. Traveling from Waterloo in October, expect Custer to be a bit cooler, temps between 57°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to West Yellowstone.
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West Yellowstone — 1 night

The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Aurum Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the West Yellowstone trip itinerary app.

Fly from Custer to West Yellowstone in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, West Yellowstone is little chillier than Custer - with highs of 50°F and lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 4 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.
On the 12th (Wed), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake, hike along Mariposa Grove, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from West Yellowstone to Yosemite National Park. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from West Yellowstone in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 6 nights

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 18th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Nashville.
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Nashville — 15 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Harmony Lane Farm & Creamery (in Smithville), Franklin (David Arms, Carnton, &more) and Walden Pumpkin Farm (in Smyrna). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Nashville in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Nashville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 75°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for parks, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Roaring Fork, hike along Gatlinburg Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, and take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in November, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.
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Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · History Museums · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.
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Montana travel guide

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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.
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