46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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46 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
Rapid City
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + bus + ferry:  7​h 15​min
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 day
Fly:  1​h
5
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Portland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Bend
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h
11
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
14
Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
15
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
16
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
17
Page
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Columbus

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Plains Conservation Center.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip builder .

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Columbus to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Columbus in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Rapid City.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Plains Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Plains Conservation Center ©
Plains Conservation Center

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Rapid City

Rapid City ©
South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Explore hidden gems such as Custer State Park and Badlands Wall. Escape the urban bustle at Loop Road and Sylvan Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rapid City: Panorama Point Overlook (in Badlands National Park), Needles Eye Tunnel (in Custer) and Wind Cave National Park (Wind Cave National Park & Rankin Ridge Nature Trail). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Windcross Conservancy.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rapid City trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Denver to Rapid City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in October, you will find days in Rapid City are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (40°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rapid City

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badlands National Park, Custer, Wind Cave National Park, Windcross Conservancy
Highlights from your plan
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Lamar Valley and Yellowstone National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Faithful and Artist Point. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Rapid City to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rapid City in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 47°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Lime Kiln Point State Park and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Friday Harbor trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Friday Harbor in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Friday Harbor, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October: high temperatures in Friday Harbor hover around 59°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Seattle

Seattle ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, and finally wander the streets of Pike Place Market.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Seattle attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Friday Harbor to Seattle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and flight. October in Seattle sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
The Museum of Flight ©
The Museum of Flight
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market

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Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Multnomah Falls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Soter Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Vista Hills Treehouse Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Stoller Family Estate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Portland route planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Portland

Nature Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Dayton, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Soter Vineyards, St. Mary's Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Multnomah Falls ©
Multnomah Falls
Stoller Family Estate ©
Stoller Family Estate

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest. Relax by the water at Nye Beach and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Get out of town with these interesting Newport side-trips: Florence (Heceta Head Lighthouse & Heceta Beach). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Foulweather.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport trip planner .

You can drive from Portland to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Portland in October: highs in Newport hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Florence, Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest
Highlights from your plan

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Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Take a break from the city and head to High Desert Museum and Deschutes National Forest. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Rock State Natural Area and Tokatee Golf Club. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bend: Pinnacles Overlook Hike (in Crater Lake National Park) and Lava Cast Forest Trail (in La Pine).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bend holiday planner .

Drive from Newport to Bend in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Newport in October, expect little chillier with lows of 37°F in Bend. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tokatee Golf Club, Fort Rock State Natural Area, Lava Cast Forest Trail, Pinnacles Overlook Hike
Highlights from your plan
High Desert Museum ©
High Desert Museum
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest
Fort Rock State Natural Area ©
Fort Rock State Natural Area

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San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Get some historical perspective at Alcatraz Island and SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Castello di Amorosa and Exploratorium. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to Muir Woods National Monument (in Mill Valley) and Pride Mountain Vineyards (in St. Helena). There's much more to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grace Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bend to San Francisco in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and subway; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bend in October; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Pride Mountain Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Get in touch with nature at Sonora Pass and Stanislaus National Forest. Discover out-of-the-way places like Windwalker Vineyards and Rubicon Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Grover Hot Springs State Park (in Markleeville) and Pinecrest Lake Marina (in Pinecrest).

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe tour builder app .

Traveling by car from San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for little chillier days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 64°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Stanislaus National Forest, Windwalker Vineyards, Sonora Pass, Grover Hot Springs State Park, Pinecrest Lake Marina
Highlights from your plan
Sonora Pass ©
Sonora Pass
Grover Hot Springs State Park ©
Grover Hot Springs State Park
Pinecrest Lake Marina ©
Pinecrest Lake Marina

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, stroll through Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): make an unforgettable trip to Disneyland Park.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from South Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or drive. When traveling from South Lake Tahoe in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 82°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Beaches Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Park, Santa Monica Pier
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

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San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Cove and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Carlsbad State Beach and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our San Diego trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in San Diego are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Diego

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Las Vegas Downtown. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Titanic. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, listen to music at Bellagio Fountains, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To see maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip itinerary planner .

Fly from San Diego to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in November, expect Las Vegas to be a bit cooler, temps between 68°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Valley of Fire State Park
Highlights from your plan
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Explore hidden gems such as Pima Air & Space Museum and Lightning Ridge Cellars. Visiting Muleshoe Ranch and Sabino Canyon will get you outdoors. Step out of Tucson to go to Benson and see Kartchner Caverns State Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tucson day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Tucson takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, expect nights in Tucson to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Tucson

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kartchner Caverns State Park, Lightning Ridge Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oak Creek Canyon and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Rock and Painted Desert. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Walnut Canyon National Monument in Flagstaff--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Devil's Bridge Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Sedona Airport Overlook.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sedona trip planner .

You can drive from Tucson to Sedona in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Tucson in November, you will find days in Sedona are little chillier (64°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Painted Desert, Walnut Canyon National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Devil's Bridge Trail ©
Devil's Bridge Trail

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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 Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mather Point and Lookout Studio. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim and hike along Rim Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary app .

Getting from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in November, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (54°F), and nights are colder (22°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lower Antelope Canyon and Paria Canyon Wilderness Area. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Page to go to Marble Canyon and see Marble Canyon, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Sun) exploring nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Next up on the itinerary: tour the water at your own pace with All In Boat Rentals and take some stellar pictures from Horseshoe Bend.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Page online holiday planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, Page is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Page

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Big Water, Marble Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area ©
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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