49 days in Continental USA Itinerary

49 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Savannah
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Orange Beach
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New Orleans
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Vicksburg
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Austin
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Santa Fe
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Sedona
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Las Vegas
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Moab
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Denver
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Abilene
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Branson
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Nashville
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Pigeon Forge
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Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Step off the beaten path and head to National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and Colonial Park Cemetery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burkes Beach and Folly Field Beach Park. Explore Savannah's surroundings by going to Hilton Head (St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church & Sea Pines Forest Preserve). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church, examine the collection at American Prohibition Museum, wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Savannah trip itinerary planning tool.

Norfolk to Savannah is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum, kick back and relax at Orange Beach Waterfront Park, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Alabama Point East. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Morgan Road Trail, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stop by Chocolate Corner, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Orange Beach holiday website.

Getting from Savannah to Orange Beach by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Savannah to Orange Beach due to the time zone difference. August in Orange Beach sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Head to Jamie Hayes Gallery and Boutique du Vampyrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and The National WWII Museum. Go for a jaunt from New Orleans to Wallace to see Whitney Plantation about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at NOLA Tropical Winery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, look for all kinds of wild species at Old River Road Plantation Adventure, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New Orleans tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Orange Beach to New Orleans in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Orange Beach in August, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 82°F, while days are slightly colder, around 82°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Vicksburg.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vicksburg

— 1 night
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the history at Texas Monument, then make a trip to McRaven House, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Trinity, and finally steep yourself in history at Martha Vick House.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vicksburg trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Vicksburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. Traveling from New Orleans in August, you will find days in Vicksburg are a bit warmer (91°F), and nights are little chillier (72°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Historic Sites · Parks

Austin

— 1 day

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, wander the streets of 6th Street, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Austin journey planner.

Fly from Vicksburg to Austin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Vicksburg in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Austin: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 75°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Austin

Wildlife · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Santa Fe

— 3 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Escape the urban bustle at Dale Ball Trails and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument. Your inner history buff will appreciate Canyon Road and San Miguel Chapel. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, look for gifts at Keshi, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

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Traveling by flight from Austin to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Santa Fe is slightly colder than Austin - with highs of 84°F and lows of 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Historic Old Town Cottonwood and Palatki Ruins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Tuzigoot National Monument and Jerome State Historic Park will appeal to history buffs. Explore Sedona's surroundings by going to Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery (in Jerome) and Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale). The adventure continues: trek along Doe Mountain Trail, take an in-depth tour of Sedona Heritage Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Horse Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sedona day trip planning website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Sedona in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sedona, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Newport Beach and The Broad. Hollywood Bowl Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: The Getty Villa (in Malibu), Laguna Beach (1,000 Steps Beach & Main Beach) and Huntington Beach Pier (in Huntington Beach). And it doesn't end there: stroll through 26-Mile Bike Path, make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the interesting displays at The Nethercutt Collection, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Los Angeles trip itinerary website.

Getting from Sedona to Los Angeles by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Sedona in August: highs in Los Angeles hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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.
Get some cultural insight at Alcatraz Island and Cable Car Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Muir Woods National Monument and Walt Disney Family Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Patrick Amiot (in Sebastopol) and Armstrong Redwood State Reserve (in Guerneville). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Marin Headlands, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, hike along Lands End, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco trip website.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in August; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Counts Kustoms and The Mob Museum. Get some cultural insight at The Strip and Clark County Heritage Museum. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Fort Mohave and see Willow Beach, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, visit The LINQ Promenade, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in August, you will find days in Las Vegas are much warmer (101°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (77°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Delicate Arch and Arches National Park Scenic Drive will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mesa Arch and Landscape Arch. Get out of town with these interesting Moab side-trips: Island in the Sky (in Canyonlands National Park) and Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace, Tunnel Arch, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, stroll through Grandstaff Canyon Trail, hike along Balanced Rock Trail, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Slickrock Bike Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Moab attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in August; daily highs in Moab reach 92°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Loveland Museum/Gallery. Get outdoors at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Fishing Charters & Tours. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and explore the engaging exhibits at Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities.

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You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in September, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Abilene.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Abilene

— 1 night
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): examine the collection at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Center of Dickinson County, and then stop by Russell Stover Candy Company.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Abilene trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Abilene by car takes about 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In September, Abilene is somewhat warmer than Denver - with highs of 86°F and lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Abilene

Museums · Shopping

Branson

— 2 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, stop by Crooked Sky Trading Post, look for all kinds of wild species at Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area, then kick back and relax at Moonshine Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, trek along Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, and then admire the majestic nature at Table Rock State Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Branson journey builder website.

You can drive from Abilene to Branson in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and Frist Art Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lane Motor Museum and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, see the interesting displays at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, get engrossed in the history at Tennessee State Museum, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nashville driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Branson to Nashville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Nashville, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Forge Distillery and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, explore and take pictures at Little River Road, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pigeon Forge, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Asheville

— 4 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Grovewood Village and New Morning Gallery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings and Asheville Drum Circle. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Tumblestone Tours and Transportation, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Highland Brewing Company, take in the exciting artwork at Jonas Gerard Fine Art, and take a stroll through Black Mountain Town Square.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Asheville trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Nevada travel guide

4.2
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

North Carolina travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.