48 days in United States Itinerary

48 days in United States Itinerary

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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Washington Dulles, Fly to Bar Harbor
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Acadia National Park
— 4 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get outside with The Subway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park day trip website.

Phoenix to Zion National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Phoenix in March, plan for little chillier days in Zion National Park, with highs around 64°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Bryce Canyon National Park

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Queen's Garden Trail and Agua Canyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Willis Creek (in Cannonville) and Grosvenor Arch (in Big Water). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, get great views at Yovimpa Point, take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. In March, Bryce Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Zion National Park - with highs of 49°F and lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, stroll through The Hickman Bridge Trail, then trek along Chimney Rock Trail, then hike along Sunset Point Trail, and finally hike along Goosenecks Overlook.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park attractions site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 49°F in March, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

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Arches National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, make a trip to Partition Arch, trek along Tunnel Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and finally hike along Pine Tree Arch Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in March: high temperatures in Arches National Park hover around 62°F and lows are around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 11th (Thu), trek along Aztec Butte Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Shafer Canyon Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally get great views at Grand View Point Overlook. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along White Rim Road, hike along Pothole Point Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then get great views at Whale Rock, and finally take in breathtaking views at Orange Cliffs Overlook.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Monument Valley

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Muley Point Overlook, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On your second day here, stroll through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Sandstone Tours.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Monument Valley day trip website.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley in 4 hours. When traveling from Canyonlands National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in Monument Valley, with highs around 57°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 15th (Mon), hike along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally trek along Spruce Canyon Trail. On the next day, make a trip to Step House, hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in March, expect little chillier with lows of 24°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

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Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, then stroll through Mosca Pass Trail, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway and Forest Canyon Overlook. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, get great views at Milner Pass, and explore the activities along Dream Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park visit website.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in March; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 61°F and lows reach 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and Children's Museum of Denver. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Frisco Historic Park and Museum (in Frisco) and Breckenridge (Sapphire Point Overlook, Boreas Pass Road, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in March: highs in Denver hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fat Man's Misery and Bell's Tavern. When in Mammoth Cave National Park, make a side trip to see Nolin Lake State Park in Mammoth Cave, approximately Mammoth Cave away. The adventure continues: Head underground at Mammoth Cave, hike along Cedar Sink Trail, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Mammoth Cave National Park by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver to Mammoth Cave National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in March, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 35°F in Mammoth Cave National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking and Newfound Gap Road. There's much more to do: make a trip to Elkmont Ghost Town, trek along Charlies Bunion, look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways, and walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
On the 31st (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Dean Cemetery, trek along Limberlost Trail, hike along Whiteoak Canyon Falls, then stroll through Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then cool off at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shenandoah National Park itinerary builder.

You can fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In March in Shenandoah National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Acadia National Park

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carriage Roads and Thunder Hole. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sand Beach, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cadillac Mountain, explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, and admire the natural beauty at Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden.

Plan a trip to Acadia National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Shenandoah National Park to Acadia National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Shenandoah National Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Acadia National Park, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 33°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Glacier National Park

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Avalanche Lake and St.Mary Falls. Change things up with a short trip to The Polebridge Mercantile in Polebridge (about 40 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, explore the striking landscape at Grinnell Glacier, and admire the sheer force of Baring Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Acadia National Park to Glacier National Park in 14 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Acadia National Park to Glacier National Park is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Acadia National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Grand Teton National Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Linn Canyon Ranch. Spend the 10th (Sat) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Teton Point Turnout, get engrossed in the history at Murie Centre, admire the sheer force of Hidden Falls, and explore the stunning scenery at Death Canyon.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Glacier National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 48°F by day to 26°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Yellowstone National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at S Rim Trail and Castle Geyser. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Fountain Paint Pot, take in the dramatic scenery at Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River, explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, and take a memorable drive along Grand Loop Road.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in April, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 42°F and lows about 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.