51 days in United States Itinerary

51 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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New York City
— 8 nights
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Philadelphia
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Jackson
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Houston
— 4 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
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Denver
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New York City

— 8 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.
Get some cultural insight at 9/11 Memorial and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Popular historic sites such as Ellis Island and Hamilton Grange National Memorial are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, grab your bike and head to East River Waterfront Esplanade, and get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

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Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -17 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in March, you will find days in New York City are slightly colder (11°C), and nights are cooler (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Philadelphia

— 4 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
Get outdoors at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Fort Washington State Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Independence Hall and Powel House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square) and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (in Oceanville). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, get engrossed in the history at Eastern State Penitentiary, appreciate the history behind Liberty Bell Center, and steep yourself in history at Christ Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Philadelphia trip planner.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Tidal Basin and Antietam National Battlefield. Appreciate the collections at National Gallery of Art and National Air and Space Museum. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Washington National Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery, and get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Washington DC day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Rag Mountain Hike and Mary's Rock Summit Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Augusta Military Academy Museum and Port Republic Museum. Explore Shenandoah National Park's surroundings by going to Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins (in Barboursville), SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts (in Elkton) and Vietnam War Foundation Museum (in Ruckersville). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Elkwallow Picnic Area.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Shenandoah National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Washington DC to Shenandoah National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 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.
Let the collections at Lotz House Museum and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to St. Paul's Episcopal Church (in Franklin) and Bowie Nature Park (in Fairview). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park and stroll around Centennial Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nashville visit planning app.

Traveling by flight from Shenandoah National Park to Nashville takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Shenandoah National Park to Nashville is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sun Studio and Beale Street. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson) and Mississippi River State Park (in Marianna). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, stop by Lansky, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour planner.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Jackson

— 3 nights
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Shiloh National Military Park and Discovery Park of America are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center and Corinth Coke Museum. Step out of Jackson with an excursion to Cherry Mansion in Savannah--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in April since evenings lows in Jackson dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chalmette National Historical Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. And it doesn't end there: stop by Garden District, appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Audubon Zoo, and work some fitness into your day at Woldenberg Park.

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Traveling by car from Jackson to New Orleans takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Jackson in April, New Orleans is much warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in New Orleans

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Houston

— 4 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Get in touch with nature at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and Cockrell Butterfly Center. Space Center Houston and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Houston to go to La Porte and see San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Glenwood Cemetery, walk around Smither Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, and get to know the resident critters at Houston Zoo.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Houston sightseeing website.

You can fly from New Orleans to Houston in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from New Orleans, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Houston, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Austin

— 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
You'll explore and learn at The Alamo and LBJ Presidential Library. Take a break from the city and head to Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: Barn Pottery (in New Braunfels) and San Antonio (Natural Bridge Caverns & The San Antonio River Walk). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, stop by Wild About Music, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin online tour planner.

Getting from Houston to Austin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Popular historic sites such as Bandelier National Monument and Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and American International Rattlesnake Museum. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin to Albuquerque, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in May: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 29°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally stop by Canyon Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, then stop by Tin - Nee - Ann, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe online route builder.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, Santa Fe is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Trinity United Methodist Church. Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, stroll around Crown Hill Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Denver takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Fe in May: highs in Denver hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

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.

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.