52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route builder

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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Arches National Park
— 5 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
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Denver
— 6 nights
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Dallas
— 5 nights
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San Antonio
— 6 nights
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New Orleans
— 7 nights
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 6 nights

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Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 28th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then take some stellar pictures from Observation Point.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park travel route planning site.

Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 61°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Bryce

— 3 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Bryce is known for nature, fun & games, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, and hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bryce itinerary planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Zion National Park in November: high temperatures in Bryce hover around 47°F and lows are around 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, trek along Wildcat Trail, and then walk around Sandstone Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Monument Valley journey app.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Monument Valley takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Monument Valley, with lows around 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durango Craft Spirits.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip maker tool.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Durango in 5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Durango, with lows of 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Durango

Breweries & Distilleries

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Canyonlands National Park (Grand View Point Overlook & Island in the Sky). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, soothe aching muscles at Moab Recreation & Aquatic Center, and take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In December, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Arches National Park

— 5 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, stroll through Fiery Furnace, and explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. December in Arches National Park sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 15°F at night. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 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 activities along Yellowstone Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Elephant Back Mountain, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and stroll through Old Gardiner Road.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yellowstone National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Arches National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in December; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 23°F and lows reach 3°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Denver

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Estes Park (Dancing Pines Distillery & Spas) and Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & National Museum of World War II Aviation). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Whiskey Distillery & Cocktail Bar, contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, sample the tasty concoctions at Black Shirt Brewing, and take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, with highs in Denver at 43°F and lows at 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dallas

— 5 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dallas: Caudalie Crest Winery (in Celina), Rockwall (A Light Touch Spa & Blase Family Farm) and WinStar World Casino and Resort (in Thackerville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, make a trip to Grassy Knoll, stop by Sundance Square, and contemplate the long history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dallas trip website.

You can fly from Denver to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Dallas, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to San Antonio.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

San Antonio

— 6 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Tinsmith's Wife (in Comfort), Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War, Grape Creek Vineyards, &more) and Austin (Zilker Metropolitan Park, Texas State Capitol, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at The San Antonio River Walk, take in the history at Mission San Juan, get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and let little ones run wild at Brackenridge Park.

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

You can fly from Dallas to San Antonio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect San Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 66°F and 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 7 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Our Sacred Stories, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to French Quarter.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read New Orleans tour itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from San Antonio in January: highs in New Orleans hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Memphis.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Memphis

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Memphis trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Memphis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Memphis is a bit cooler than New Orleans - with highs of 50°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville), Old Glory Distilling Co. (in Clarksville) and Franklin (David Arms Gallery & Leiper's Fork Distillery). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In January in Nashville, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.