50 days in United States Itinerary

50 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Train
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Glacier National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Seattle, Fly to Juneau
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
Fly
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 3 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 6th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, then don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, then head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. On the next day, stroll around Golden Gate Park, then visit Chinatown, then get curious at Exploratorium, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip planning app.

Brisbane, Australia to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -18 hour difference. In June in San Francisco, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Visiting Glacier Point and Vernal Fall will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, tour the pleasant surroundings at Four Mile Trail, and get great views at Half Dome.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 30°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 3 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Get outdoors at Congress Trail and Sequoia Sightseeing Tours. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park, hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail, explore the striking landscape at Moro Rock Trail, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kings Canyon National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 40°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Bright Angel Trail and South Kaibab Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, and trek along Rim Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in June, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 34°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Chimneys Picnic Area and Grotto Falls Parking. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, trek along Alum Cave Trail, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect much warmer with lows of 22°C in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Washington DC

— 2 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at White House, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Lincoln Memorial, then pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial, and finally appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Washington DC takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

New York City

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, walk around The High Line, and get great views at Top of the Rock.

Take the guesswork out of planning a New York City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Washington DC to New York City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in June, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Mystic Falls Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Aurum Geyser, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, and stroll through Purple Mountain Trail.

Make your Yellowstone National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from New York City to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Grand Teton and Cascade Canyon Trail. Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Amphitheater Lake. There's lots more to do: trek along Taggart Lake, explore the striking landscape at Inspiration Point, explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and contemplate the waterfront views at String Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Grand Teton National Park: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Glacier National Park

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Silver Staircase Falls, then explore the activities along Swiftcurrent Falls, then hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls, admire the sheer force of Virginia Falls, and then take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Grand Teton National Park to Glacier National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Grand Teton National Park, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Olympic National Park

— 4 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Escape the urban bustle at Hurricane Ridge and Sol Duc Falls. There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park, trek along Hoh River Trail, kick back and relax at Ruby Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Second Beach Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Olympic National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Glacier National Park to Olympic National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in July: highs in Olympic National Park hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
On the 17th (Sun), head outdoors with Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, then get answers to all your questions at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Juneau itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Juneau in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Olympic National Park to Juneau due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Olympic National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Juneau: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Anchorage

— 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. Make the 21st (Thu) an awe-inspiring day at Chugach State Park. And it doesn't end there: trek along Kincaid Park, contemplate the long history of Alaska Native Heritage Center, make a trip to Seward Hwy, and examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

To find ratings and more tourist information, use the Anchorage trip planner.

Getting from Juneau to Anchorage by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Juneau in July: highs in Anchorage hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Honolulu, Oahu

— 3 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Step out of the city life by going to Diamond Head State Monument and Manoa Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Kailua Beach Park (in Kailua), Haleiwa (Sunset Beach Park & Waimea Bay) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Plan trip to Honolulu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Anchorage to Honolulu in 8.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Anchorage to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Anchorage in July; daily highs in Honolulu reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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.