42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
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Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Family-friendly places like Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Seward Hwy will thrill your kids. Make the 3rd (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Anchorage online road trip planner.

Canberra, Australia to Anchorage is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. Traveling from Canberra to Anchorage, you'll gain 19 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Canberra in July, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Anchorage: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
On the 5th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, view the masterpieces at Glasshouse Studio, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and finally get in on the family fun at Seattle Great Wheel.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Seattle online holiday planner.

You can fly from Anchorage to Seattle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Anchorage to Seattle is 1 hour. Traveling from Anchorage in July, expect nights in Seattle to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Bring the kids along to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Washburn, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, hike along North Rim Trail, and stroll through Inspiration Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park itinerary planning website.

Getting from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Bring the kids along to Grand Teton and Schwabacher Landing. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Taggart Lake, explore the activities along String Lake, admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and stroll through Cascade Canyon Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Teton National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and The High Line. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, make a trip to Rockefeller Center, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, and admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the New York City vacation planner.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to New York City in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Teton National Park to New York City. While traveling from Grand Teton National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Washington DC

— 3 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Kids will appreciate attractions like National Air and Space Museum and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC route builder app.

You can fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. July in Washington DC sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Orlando

— 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Universal's Islands of Adventure and Magic Kingdom Park. Pack the 26th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Thu) at Discovery Cove. It doesn't end there: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort and get in on the family fun at SeaWorld.

Start your trip to Orlando by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Orlando, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kids will enjoy Bright Angel Trail and Inner Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and stroll around Indian Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Orlando to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Orlando in July, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. On the 4th (Thu), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, hike along Pohono Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and explore the striking landscape of Bridalveil Fall.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, and then contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Yosemite National Park in August: highs in San Francisco hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.