52 days in Continental USA Itinerary

52 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to New York City
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New York City
— 5 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Fly
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Key West
— 4 nights
Fly
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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Healdsburg
— 4 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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New York City

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read New York City trip builder site.

Mogadishu, Somalia to New York City is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Mogadishu to New York City is minus 8 hours. When traveling from Mogadishu in October, plan for little chillier days in New York City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

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.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC tour itinerary planner.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to fly to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping

Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, then do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, and then admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg day trip app.

Fly from Washington DC to Gatlinburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In October, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Key West.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Shop till you drop at Peppers of Key West and 7 Artists & Friends Gallery. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Key West trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Key West by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, taxi, and ferry. When traveling from Gatlinburg in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Key West, with highs around 35°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Do your shopping at Louisiana Music Factory and Royal Street. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, don't miss a visit to Jackson Square, see the interesting displays at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read New Orleans trip planner.

You can fly from Key West to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Key West in October, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in New Orleans

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, indulge in some personalized pampering at Boiling River, and admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are colder (-4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Spas

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.
On the 4th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Cape Royal, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, and take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 22°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Las Vegas

— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to The Strip or The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. Change things up with a short trip to Clark County Heritage Museum in Henderson (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, buy something for everyone on your list at The Shops At Crystals, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and try your luck at New York New York Casino.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much hotter, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

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.
For shopping fun, head to Bergamot Station or Montana Avenue. Change things up with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Two Rodeo Drive, see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum, wander the streets of Golden Triangle, and shop like a local with The Grove.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online vacation planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Los Angeles by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Los Angeles is a bit warmer than Las Vegas - with highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 5 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.
On the 16th (Tue), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Tioga Pass, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Los Angeles in November, expect Yosemite National Park to be cooler, temps between 14°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Shop till you drop at Ferry Building Marketplace and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Francisco: Wine Tours & Tastings (in Napa) and St. Helena (Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards & VGS Chateau Potelle). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Francisco, with highs around 20°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Healdsburg.

Things to do in San Francisco

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Healdsburg

— 4 nights
The quaint city of Healdsburg is one of northern California's wine capitals, serving as the meeting point for three of Sonoma's most important wine-producing regions.
Take a break from Healdsburg with a short trip to Modus Operandi Cellars in St. Helena, about 42 minutes away. Dedicate the 23rd (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Healdsburg trip app.

You can drive from San Francisco to Healdsburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from San Francisco in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Healdsburg, with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Healdsburg

Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle, then admire the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then wander the streets of Pike Place Market, and finally look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, shop like a local with Bellevue Square, and then take a stroll through Pioneer Square.

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

Fly from Healdsburg to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Healdsburg in November, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip