43 days in United States Itinerary

43 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

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Los Angeles
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Keystone
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 1 night
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Salem
— 1 night
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New York City
— 5 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
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Orlando
— 7 nights
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Key West
— 4 nights
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Dallas
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Los Angeles

— 2 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Walk of Fame. For shopping fun, head to The Grove or Amoeba Music. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Newport Beach) and Anaheim (Disneyland Park & The Disney Gallery). It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and examine the collection at The Getty Center.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles journey planner.

Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Sydney to Los Angeles. In September, Los Angeles is somewhat warmer than Sydney - with highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Exploratorium, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then see the interesting displays at SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Francisco tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in San Francisco reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's much more to do: take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, identify plant and animal life at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and make a trip to Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park road trip planning site.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, Yosemite National Park is cooler at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): hike along Bright Angel Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour planning tool.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10.5 hours. Another option is to 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. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Monument Valley

— 1 night
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): see Off-Road Tours and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley online tour builder.

Do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 32°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, then don't miss a visit to Temple Square, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City online travel route planner.

Getting from Monument Valley to Salt Lake City by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Salt Lake City, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Get outdoors at Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. The adventure continues: 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 Natural Bridge Trail, and admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planning site.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, shuttle, bus, and car. In September, Yellowstone National Park is colder than Salt Lake City - with highs of 18°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Keystone

— 2 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Get in touch with nature at Black Hills National Forest and Needles Eye Tunnel. Get some cultural insight at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Insideout. Step out of Keystone with an excursion to Sylvan Lake in Custer--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, cruise along Iron Mountain Road, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, and learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Keystone trip builder site.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, shuttle, bus, and taxi. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Keystone hover around 25°C and lows are around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portland

— 1 night

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Portland Museum of Art, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ogunquit Beach, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marginal Way Walkway. Keep things going the next day: stop by Old Port and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Allagash Brewing Company.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Portland tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Keystone to Portland takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Portland is 2 hours. Traveling from Keystone in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Portland, with lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Salem.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Salem

— 1 night

Witch City

Best known for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has a number of significant historical sites, a bustling downtown, and many witch-themed attractions.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Salem travel route planner.

Getting from Portland to Salem by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Salem, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to New York City.

Things to do in Salem

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

New York City

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting New York City side-trips: Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville), Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook). The adventure continues: make a trip to Central Park, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, hike along East River Waterfront Esplanade, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hamilton Grange National Memorial.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salem to New York City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Salem in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 22°C in New York City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): try to win big at Horseshoe Casino, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Tidal Basin. On your second day here, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then gain insight at Georgetown University, then admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, and finally stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Washington DC day trip planning tool.

Take a train from New York City to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Washington DC are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trips

Orlando

— 7 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St James Roman Catholic Cathedral and City Hall. Do your shopping at World of Disney and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orlando: Merritt Island (Space Shuttle Atlantis & NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, make a splash at Discovery Cove, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Orlando hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Shop till you drop at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Art On Duval Key West. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Fort Zachary Taylor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Islamorada). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, and deepen your understanding at Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Key West day trip planning tool.

Fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Key West, with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Dallas

— 2 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at The Dallas World Aquarium, then see the interesting displays at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then see Lifestylez Nails Spa. On the next day, stop by The British Emporium, then take a stroll through Sundance Square, then get your game on at The Escape Game Dallas, and finally see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dallas attractions planner.

Fly from Key West to Dallas in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to Dallas. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Dallas when traveling from Key West in October, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.