43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

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Saginaw
— 2 nights
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Rice Lake
— 2 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
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Mountain Home
— 1 night
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Rosa
— 7 nights
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South San Francisco
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Barstow
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Atlanta
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Asheville
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Saginaw

— 2 nights
Saginaw is a city in the State of Michigan and the seat of Saginaw County. On the 2nd (Wed), meet the residents at Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, take an in-depth tour of Castle Museum, examine the collection at Frankenmuth Lager Mill, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally walk around Wilkommen Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saginaw tour itinerary planning app.

Philadelphia to Saginaw is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia in September, expect Saginaw to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Thu) before leaving for Rice Lake.

Things to do in Saginaw

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

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Rice Lake

— 2 nights
Rice Lake is a city in Barron County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): sample the fine beverages at Perlick Distillery, look for gifts at The Potter's Shed, and then stroll through Cedar Side Walking Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rice Lake trip planner.

Drive from Saginaw to Rice Lake in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saginaw to Rice Lake. In September, daytime highs in Rice Lake are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Rice Lake

Outdoors · Trails · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook.

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Traveling by car from Rice Lake to Badlands National Park takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Rice Lake in September, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature
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Yellowstone National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful.

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You can drive from Badlands National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Badlands National Park in September, expect nights in Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, around 33°F, while days are much colder, around 60°F. You'll set off for Grand Teton National Park on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature

Grand Teton National Park

— 1 night

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.
On the 8th (Tue), cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and then explore the activities along Jackson Lake.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park tour builder app.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. You'll set off for Mountain Home on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Mountain Home

— 1 night
Mountain Home is the largest city and county seat of Elmore County, Idaho, USA. The population was 14,206 in the 2010 census. For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mountain Home online attractions planner.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Mountain Home by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, expect Mountain Home to be somewhat warmer, temps between 79°F and 50°F. You'll set off for Crater Lake National Park on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Mountain Home

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Mountain Home to Crater Lake National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Redwood National Park

— 2 nights
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Redwood National Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Redwood National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Crater Lake National Park to Redwood National Park in 5 hours. While traveling from Crater Lake National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Redwood National Park, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 50°F. On the 13th (Sun), you're off to Santa Rosa.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Santa Rosa

— 7 nights

Where Everything Comes Together

Located less than an hour's drive north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa serves as a convenient hub for travelers on their way to the world-famous Napa Valley wine country.
Venture out of the city with trips to V. Sattui Winery (in St. Helena), Napa (Domaine Carneros & Balloon Rides) and Sonoma Plaza (in Sonoma). Dedicate the 15th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, do a tasting at Robert Mondavi Winery, view the masterpieces at Patrick Amiot, and see the interesting displays at Charles M. Schulz Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Rosa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Santa Rosa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Redwood National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Santa Rosa, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to South San Francisco.

Things to do in Santa Rosa

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

South San Francisco

— 1 night
South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Sawyer Camp Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at The San Mateo Japanese Garden, and then don't miss a visit to Jack London Square.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our South San Francisco trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Santa Rosa to South San Francisco in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Santa Rosa in September, plan for slightly colder days in South San Francisco, with highs around 76°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in South San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): trek along Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then make a trip to Yosemite Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): hike along Tuolumne Meadows, then make a trip to Olmsted Point, and then cruise along Tioga Pass.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from South San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. Expect cooler evenings in Yosemite National Park when traveling from South San Francisco in September, with lows around 38°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Barstow.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stop by Eddie World and then make a trip to Barstow Station.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Barstow trip itinerary maker website.

Explore your travel options from Yosemite National Park to Barstow with the Route module. In September, Barstow is much hotter than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 95°F and lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Barstow

Shopping

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 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 25th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, trek along Rim Trail, don't miss a visit to Pipe Creek Vista, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Barstow to Grand Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barstow to Grand Canyon National Park. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Barstow - with highs of 75°F and lows of 43°F. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature
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Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch and then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, then trek along Devils Garden Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arches National Park, with lows around 55°F. You'll set off for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve on the 1st (Thu).

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arches National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Arches National Park in October, things will get a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 65°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 4th (Sun), admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, then get into the urban bustle at Tower of the Americas, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and finally go for a walk through The San Antonio River Walk. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, and then find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to San Antonio. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to San Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in October, things will get much hotter in San Antonio: highs are around 87°F and lows about 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Houston

— 3 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Hermann Park's Japanese Garden, get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, then browse the exhibits of Cockrell Butterfly Center, and finally admire the sheer force of Water Wall. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, then take a stroll through The Strand, and then take an in-depth tour of 1892 Bishop's Palace.

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Fly from San Antonio to Houston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Atlanta.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Atlanta

— 1 night

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Chastain Park.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Atlanta visit planner.

Traveling by car from Houston to Atlanta takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In October, Atlanta is a bit cooler than Houston - with highs of 76°F and lows of 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then trek along Grotto Falls Parking, then appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Atlanta to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Atlanta in October, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 12th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Blue Ridge Pkwy and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Asheville online driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville. In October, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.