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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head outdoors with The Subway. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Phoenix to Zion National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: highs in Zion National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inspiration Point and Sunset Point. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural Bridge and Agua Canyon. Get out of town with these interesting Bryce Canyon National Park side-trips: Willis Creek (in Cannonville) and Grosvenor Arch (in Big Water). And it doesn't end there: trek along Navajo Loop Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, take in breathtaking views at Ponderosa Canyon, and enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Fruita Schoolhouse, stroll through The Hickman Bridge Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Rock Trail, then trek along Sunset Point Trail, and finally stroll through Goosenecks Overlook.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park online itinerary planner.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · 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.
On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, make a trip to Partition Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and finally hike along Pine Tree Arch Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Arches National Park itinerary builder app.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in September; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): hike along Aztec Butte Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Shafer Canyon Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, and finally get great views at Grand View Point Overlook. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along White Rim Road, hike along Pothole Point Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then explore and take pictures at Whale Rock, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Orange Cliffs Overlook.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park tour app.

Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Muley Point Overlook, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then walk around Sandstone Tours.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive 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 18th (Sat), hike along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally trek along Spruce Canyon Trail. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Step House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder site.

Getting from Monument Valley to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time 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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Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, then trek along Mosca Pass Trail, and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and 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 September, plan for slightly colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Fall River Road and Longs Peak. Family-friendly places like Trail Ridge Road and Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: get great views at Forest Canyon Overlook, contemplate the waterfront views at Dream Lake, identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park journey site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 50°F in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Attractions like Boreas Pass Road and Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Frisco Historic Park and Museum and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Breckenridge (Sapphire Point Overlook & Barney Ford Victorian House). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, stop by Chocolate Lab, pick up some new knowledge with Children's Museum of Denver, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Cherry Creek Trail.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and Bell's Tavern. Bring the kids along to Fat Man's Misery and Nolin Lake State Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Tall Man's Misery, trek along Cedar Sink Trail, Head underground at Sand Cave, and contemplate the waterfront views at Dog Creek Recreation Area.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mammoth Cave National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows around 59°F. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Newfound Gap Road and Little Greenbrier School. Kids will appreciate attractions like Roaring Fork and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town, stroll around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, hike along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and stroll through Charlies Bunion.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel route planner.

Fly from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can 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 4th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Dean Cemetery, stroll through Limberlost Trail, trek along Whiteoak Canyon Falls, then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Skyline Drive, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then make a splash at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shenandoah National Park holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Shenandoah National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Shenandoah National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jordan Pond Path Trailhead and Sand Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Carriage Roads and Dorr Mountain. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Pemetic Mountain, enjoy the sand and surf at Little Hunters Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Heart of Acadia Loop.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Acadia National Park attractions planning site.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Shenandoah National Park to Acadia National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Shenandoah National Park in October, expect Acadia National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 59°F and 42°F. On the 10th (Sun), 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Grinnell Glacier and St.Mary Falls. Step out of Glacier National Park to go to Polebridge and see The Polebridge Mercantile, which is approximately 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Iceberg Lake Trail, explore the activities along Avalanche Lake, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Glacier National Park tour builder website.

Traveling by flight from Acadia National Park to Glacier National Park takes 14 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Acadia National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Glacier National Park, with lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and Snake River. Kids will enjoy Grand Teton and Hidden Falls. Step out of Grand Teton National Park to go to Victor and see Linn Canyon Ranch, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Death Canyon, see the interesting displays at Murie Centre, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, and take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In October in Grand Teton National Park, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 28°F at night. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Firehole Canyon Drive and S Rim Trail. Kids will appreciate attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Boiling River. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, and identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (47°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.