42 days in Continental USA Itinerary

42 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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42 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  11​h 30​min
2
Kihei, Maui
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Hanalei, Kauai
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Page
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
7
Custer
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
8
Munising
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
9
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 15​min
10
Marathon
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Zurich

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hayden Valley and Artist Point. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lake Butte Overlook. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, hike along North Rim Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lewis Falls.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park sightseeing planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of train, flight, and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in June, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kihei.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Hayden Valley ©
Hayden Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

3
nights
Kihei, Maui

Kihei ©
Stretching over 9.7 km (6 mi) of pristine south Maui coastline, Kihei is the island's driest and sunniest region, making it a perfect location for water activities and beach leisure.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Napili Beach and Ka'anapali Beach. Visiting Haleakala Crater and Po'olenalena Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Kihei's surroundings by going to Pa'ako Beach (Secret Cove) (in Wailea) and Zipline (in Ka'anapali). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and kick back and relax at Sugar Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kihei itinerary builder site .

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Kihei by combination of car, flight, and taxi takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Kihei, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Kihei, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Hanalei.

Things to do in Kihei

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Wailea, Lahaina, Zipline, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Haleakala Crater
Highlights from your plan
Napili Beach ©
Napili Beach
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater
Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach

5
nights
Hanalei, Kauai

Hanalei ©
Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Take a break from the city and head to Tunnels Beach and Poipu Beach Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Hanalei Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Spouting Horn (in Poipu), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Eleele) and Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Na Pali Coast State Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hanalei trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kihei to Hanalei takes 2 hours. When traveling from Kihei in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hanalei: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Hanalei

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Poipu, Na Pali Coast State Park, Waimea Canyon State Park, Helicopter Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Hanalei Beach ©
Hanalei Beach
Tunnels Beach ©
Tunnels Beach
Waimea Canyon State Park ©
Waimea Canyon State Park

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Tuolumne Meadows, stroll through Panorama Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hanalei to Yosemite National Park in 12.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Hanalei to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Hanalei in July, plan for cooler nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Rim Trail and Bright Angel Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Hopi Point. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip app .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in July since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in breathtaking views at Lower Antelope Canyon, then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Lone Rock Beach and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Page road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Page are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are much warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Lone Rock Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lone Rock Beach ©
Lone Rock Beach
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Hills National Forest and Wildlife Loop Road. Step out of the city life by going to Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Sylvan Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Custer: Wind Cave National Park (Wind Cave National Park & Rankin Ridge Nature Trail), Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap) and Badlands National Park (in Interior). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Country USA, and immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Custer road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Page to Custer takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Page in July, expect nights in Custer to be colder, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Munising.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wind Cave National Park, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Windcross Conservancy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Badlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs ©
Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Palms Book State Park. Step out of the city life by going to Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Spray Falls. Go for a jaunt from Munising to Manistique to see Indian Lake about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Sand Point Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Chapel Rock and Beach, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laughing Whitefish Falls.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munising road trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Custer to Munising in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Munising is 2 hours. When traveling from Custer in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Munising: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manistique, Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Seney National Wildlife Refuge ©
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Palms Book State Park ©
Palms Book State Park

3
nights
Hilton Head

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Driessen Beach Park. Fort Pulaski National Monument and Savannah Historic District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Hilton Head side-trips: Tybee Island Beach (in Tybee Island) and Savannah (Bonaventure Cemetery & Cathedral of St. John the Baptist). There's much more to do: trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Burkes Beach.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Munising to Hilton Head takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Munising in August, things will get a bit warmer in Hilton Head: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Savannah, Tybee Island
Highlights from your plan
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Fort Pulaski National Monument ©
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

1
night
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 5th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Bahia Honda State Park, look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sombrero Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then choose your vessel at Robbie's of Islamorada.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marathon trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Hilton Head to Marathon in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Robbie's of Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

3
nights
Key West

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Step out of the city life by going to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and The Overseas Highway. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. It doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Key West vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dry Tortugas National Park ©
Dry Tortugas National Park

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