52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Bus
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Columbia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shenandoah National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Acadia National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Bangor International Airport, Fly to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Drive to Mentor
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Mentor
— 4 nights
Drive
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Porter
— 2 nights
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Drive to Chicago Midway International Airport, Fly to Duluth International Airport, Drive to Isle Royale National Park
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Isle Royale National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Duluth International Airport, Fly to Falls International Airport, Drive to Kabetogama
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Kabetogama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Medora
— 1 night
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Wind Cave National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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North Cascades National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mount Rainier National Park
— 2 nights
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Fly to Redmond, Bus to Chemult Amtrak Station, Taxi to Crater Lake National Park
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Crater Lake National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, Fly to Grand Junction Regional Airport, Drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 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.
On the 7th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, hike along Grotto Falls Parking, then pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Columbia.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Columbia

— 2 nights

Capital of Southern Hospitality

A compact capital with stately southern history, Columbia serves as a symbol of the south.
Columbia is known for fun & games, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sea Lion Landing, examine the collection at South Carolina State Museum, and ponder the world of politics at South Carolina State House.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Columbia trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Columbia takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July: highs in Columbia hover around 93°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shenandoah National Park.

Things to do in Columbia

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Tours

Shenandoah National Park

— 2 nights
Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Skyline Drive, take in the dramatic scenery at Dark Hollow Falls, and then stop by SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Barboursville Vineyards and Historic Ruins, then explore the fascinating underground world of Grand Caverns, and then make a splash at Massanutten Indoor WaterPark.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park day trip planner.

You can fly from Columbia to Shenandoah National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Columbia in July: high temperatures in Shenandoah National Park hover around 88°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Shenandoah National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Acadia National Park

— 4 nights

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Acadia National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, see the interesting displays at The Seal Cove Auto Museum, explore the activities along Jordan Pond Path Trailhead, and hike along Champlain Mountain & Beehive Loop Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Acadia National Park trip website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Shenandoah National Park to Acadia National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Shenandoah National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Acadia National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mentor.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Mentor

— 4 nights
Mentor is a city in Lake County, Ohio, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Mentor side-trips: Geneva State Park (in Geneva on the Lake), Chagrin Waterfalls (in Chagrin Falls) and Debonne Vineyards (in Madison). The adventure continues: try your luck at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, look for gifts at Sage's Apples, tour the pleasant surroundings at Linesville Spillway, and take in the views from Benetka Road Covered Bridge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Mentor trip itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Acadia National Park to Mentor with the Route module. Traveling from Acadia National Park in July, expect Mentor to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porter.

Things to do in Mentor

Parks · Nature · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Porter

— 2 nights
Porter is a town in Westchester Township, Porter County, in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Indiana Dunes National Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Porter journey planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mentor to Porter. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Mentor to Porter due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Mentor in July since evenings lows in Porter dip to 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Isle Royale National Park.

Things to do in Porter

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Isle Royale National Park

— 3 nights
Isolated by its location in the northern reaches of Lake Superior, Isle Royale National Park treats its visitors to a wilderness of second-growth forests, clear lakes, and rugged coastline inhabited by moose, wolves, otters, and foxes.
Isle Royale National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Rock Harbor, appreciate the extensive heritage of Scoville Point, visit a coastal fixture at Rock Island Lighthouse, and trek along Greenstone Ridge Trail.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isle Royale National Park trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Porter to Isle Royale National Park. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porter to Isle Royale National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Porter in July: high temperatures in Isle Royale National Park hover around 73°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kabetogama.

Things to do in Isle Royale National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Trails

Kabetogama

— 2 nights
Kabetogama is an unincorporated community in Kabetogama Township, Saint Louis County, Minnesota, United States, located within the Kabetogama State Forest.The community is located 27 miles southeast of International Falls on Saint Louis County Roads 122 and 123. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kabetogama: Scenic State Park (in Bigfork), Vermilion Gorge Trail (in Crane Lake) and Voyageurs National Park (Rainy Lake & Crane Lake). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kabetogama, take in the dramatic natural features at Kabetogama Peninsula, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ellsworth Rock Gardens.

Make your Kabetogama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Isle Royale National Park to Kabetogama. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Kabetogama are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Kabetogama

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Medora

— 1 night
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Medora online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kabetogama to Medora by car takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kabetogama to Medora. In August, daily temperatures in Medora can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Badlands National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Badlands National Park vacation maker website.

Getting from Medora to Badlands National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Medora in August, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 87°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Wind Cave National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Wind Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Wind Cave National Park presents one of the United States' few remaining intact prairies.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): trek along Elk Mountain Nature Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): hike along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, take a memorable drive along Needles Highway, and then take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Wind Cave National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Badlands National Park to Wind Cave National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in August: high temperatures in Wind Cave National Park hover around 77°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Wind Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glacier National Park

— 6 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.
On the 9th (Mon), hike the day away at Highline Trail. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars, and trek along Swiftcurrent Falls.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park trip itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Wind Cave National Park to Glacier National Park. While traveling from Wind Cave National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Glacier National Park, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to North Cascades National Park.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

North Cascades National Park

— 1 night
North Cascades National Park calls visitors to its rugged landscape of high mountain peaks tipped with about 300 glaciers.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Maple Pass Loop, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Washington Pass, and then get great views at Diablo Lake Vista Point.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the North Cascades National Park journey planning site.

Explore your travel options from Glacier National Park to North Cascades National Park with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to North Cascades National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Glacier National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in North Cascades National Park, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in North Cascades National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Olympic National Park

— 2 nights
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Merriman Falls, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach, and then take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park and then trek along Hurricane Ridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from North Cascades National Park to Olympic National Park. While traveling from North Cascades National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Olympic National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Mount Rainier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Mount Rainier National Park

— 2 nights
The star attraction of Mt.
On the 16th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Grove of the Patriarchs, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Rainier, and then trek along Skyline Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mount Rainier National Park tour site.

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Mount Rainier National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and shuttle. Traveling from Olympic National Park in August, you will find days in Mount Rainier National Park are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Mount Rainier National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Crater Lake National Park

— 1 night
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
On the 18th (Wed), step off the mainland to explore Wizard Island, stroll through Cleetwood Cove Trail, then cruise along Rim Dr, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Vidae Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi from Mount Rainier National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mount Rainier National Park in August, with highs in Crater Lake National Park at 93°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 3 nights
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 19th (Thu), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at North Rim. There's lots more to do: cruise along South Rim Road, admire all the interesting features of East Portal Road, take in the awesome beauty at Pulpit Rock Overlook, and take some stellar pictures from Warner Point.

Plan a trip to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Crater Lake National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. The time zone difference when traveling from Crater Lake National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Crater Lake National Park in August, you will find days in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve journey planning website.

Explore your travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August, expect Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, make a trip to Step House, and contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around 86°F and lows about 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

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.