53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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53 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  37​h
2
New York City
— 3 nights
Drive:  25​h
3
Key West
— 4 nights
Drive:  13​h 15​min
4
Charleston
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hilton Head
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  25​h
7
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
8
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h
9
Page
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
12
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
13
San Francisco
— 4 nights
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to Big Sky to see River Rafting & Tubing about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, trek along Jenny Lake Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Grand Loop Road, and get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning app .

San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park, with lows around 39°F. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

3
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sam's Point Preserve and Cupsogue Beach County Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New York City: Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie), The East End Mushroom Company (in Cutchogue) and Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge (in Lackawaxen). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Central Park and contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Delaware River.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yellowstone National Park to New York City. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in New York City, with highs around 86°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Cupsogue Beach County Park, Upper Delaware River, Sam's Point Preserve, The East End Mushroom Company, Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge ©

4
nights
Key West

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kayaking & Canoeing and Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and meet the residents at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.

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

Getting from New York City to Key West by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City in July, Key West is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©

1
night
Charleston

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 17th (Wed), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Fort Moultrie, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Charleston travel route planner.

You can fly from Key West to Charleston in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Key West in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Charleston, with lows of 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fort Moultrie
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Walking tours
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Step off the beaten path and head to Speed Boats Tours and Waterskiing & Jetskiing. And it doesn't end there: trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, stop by The Oilerie Hilton Head Island, kick back and relax at Folly Field Beach Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hilton Head tour builder website .

Getting from Charleston to Hilton Head by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Hilton Head sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails ©
Hilton Head Island Bike Trails
Speed Boats Tours

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's much more to do: putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get in on the family fun at Dollywood, and admire all the interesting features of Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hilton Head to Gatlinburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Hilton Head in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Gatlinburg, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Custer State Park and Sylvan Lake. Change things up with a short trip to National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Wildlife Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, get a new perspective on nature at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, and get your bearings at Peter Norbeck Visitors Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Custer road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Custer in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Gatlinburg in July: high temperatures in Custer hover around 80°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Custer

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Keystone, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Highlights from your plan
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop Road ©
Wildlife Loop Road

4
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and McCullough Gulch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Booth Falls Trail (in Vail), Rio Grande Trail (in Aspen) and South Park City Museum (in Fairplay). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Hoosier Pass, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Custer to Breckenridge takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Custer in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Page.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Rio Grande Trail, Booth Falls Trail, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Hoosier Pass ©
Hoosier Pass

4
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Antelope Canyon and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Page: Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce Point & Inspiration Point). There's still lots to do: admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam, pause for some photo ops at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, take an in-depth tour of Powell Museum, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Page travel route planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Breckenridge to Page in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, expect Page to be much hotter, temps between 93°F and 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon Dam
Highlights from your plan
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon
Rainbow Bridge National Monument ©

5
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
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 7th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along Hermit Trail, get great views at Lookout Studio, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Page in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 80°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 12th (Mon), take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then stop by Kachina House, and then trek along Doe Mountain Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 89°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glacier Point and El Capitan. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, hike along Lembert Dome, explore and take pictures at Tioga Pass, and admire the masterpieces at Yosemite Museum Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip builder tool .

Getting from Sedona to Yosemite National Park by combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Sedona in August, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muir Woods National Monument and Castello di Amorosa. Go for a jaunt from San Francisco to Sonoma to see Wine Tours & Tastings about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Francisco trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are a bit warmer (59°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, Wine Tours & Tastings
Highlights from your plan
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island

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