49 days in United States Itinerary

49 days in United States Itinerary

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49 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
2
Anchorage
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Seward
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
8
Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Louisville
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Philadelphia
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Denver

4
nights
Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Bar Harbor ©
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Acadia National Park. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Mount Desert Island, don't miss a visit to Land Bridge to Bar Island, admire the natural beauty at Asticou Azalea Garden, and stop by Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bar Harbor travel planner .

New York City to Bar Harbor is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight, bus, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Bar Harbor reach 46°F and lows reach 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, The Seal Cove Auto Museum, Asticou Azalea Garden
Highlights from your plan
Acadia National Park ©
Acadia National Park
Mount Desert Island ©
Mount Desert Island
Cadillac Mountain ©
Cadillac Mountain

3
nights
Anchorage

Anchorage ©
Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, make a trip to Delaney Park Strip, take an in-depth tour of Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Chugach National Forest.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and car from Bar Harbor to Anchorage in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Bar Harbor in November, things will get slightly colder in Anchorage: highs are around 29°F and lows about 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Seward.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chugach National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ©
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center ©
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ©

4
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kids will enjoy Dolphin & Whale Watching and Exit Glacier. Step out of Seward with an excursion to Harding Ice Field Trail in Kenai Fjords National Park--about 32 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. On the 25th (Sun), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. It doesn't end there: meet the residents at Alaska SeaLife Center and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Seward tour itinerary site .

Drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in November; daily highs in Seward reach 37°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Seward

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kenai Fjords National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kenai Fjords National Park ©
Kenai Fjords National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Juneau

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Bring the kids along to Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, and make a trip to St. Nicholas.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Juneau tour itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Seward to Juneau in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In November, daytime highs in Juneau are 38°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tracy Arm Fjord ©
Tracy Arm Fjord
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center ©
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

4
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Aspen's surroundings by going to Vail Mountain Resort (in Vail) and Vail Valley Escape Room (in Avon). On the 4th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Aspen Highlands. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen holiday maker site .

You can fly from Juneau to Aspen in 12 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Juneau to Aspen is 2 hours. Traveling from Juneau in November, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (47°F), and nights are a bit cooler (20°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Vail Mountain Resort, Vail Valley Escape Room
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

5
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Attractions like Carousel of Happiness and Hallett Peak make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, explore the activities along Dream Lake, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area.

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Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 46°F and 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carousel of Happiness, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Family-friendly places like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Kings Deer Golf Club (in Monument). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Pikes Peak, take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Kings Deer Golf Club, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Fat Man's Misery and Dinosaur World. Step out of Mammoth Cave National Park with an excursion to Nolin Lake State Park in Mammoth Cave--about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park, stop by Big Mike's Rock and Gift Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Green River, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tall Man's Misery.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Mammoth Cave National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Mammoth Cave National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mammoth Cave National Park, with lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave City, Nolin Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mammoth Cave National Park ©
Mammoth Cave National Park
Cedar Sink Trail ©
Cedar Sink Trail
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

4
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm (in Georgetown) and Lexington (Godolphin at Jonabell Farm, home of the Darley stallions, Keeneland, & more). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Louisville Mega Cavern, take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, and get your game on at Bluegrass Karting & Events.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Louisville trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Louisville

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lexington, Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Bluegrass Karting & Events ©
Bluegrass Karting & Events
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

6
nights
Philadelphia

Philadelphia ©
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Bring the kids along to Longwood Gardens and Kitchen Kettle Village. Step out of Philadelphia with an excursion to The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia Museum of Art, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wissahickon Valley Park, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Philadelphia Zoo, and hunt for treasures at Reading Terminal Market.

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Fly from Louisville to Philadelphia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kitchen Kettle Village, Longwood Gardens, The Amish Farm and House, Harrah's Philadelphia
Highlights from your plan
Philadelphia Museum of Art ©
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Longwood Gardens ©
Longwood Gardens
Philadelphia Zoo ©
Philadelphia Zoo

4
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
Step out of Gettysburg with an excursion to Hersheypark in Hershey--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Gettysburg National Military Park, contemplate the long history of Little Round Top, take in the views from Sachs Covered Bridge, and take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gettysburg road trip planning site .

Drive from Philadelphia to Gettysburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hersheypark
Highlights from your plan
Devils Den ©
Devils Den
Hersheypark ©
Hersheypark
Victorian Photography Studio ©
Victorian Photography Studio

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