53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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New Orleans
— 5 nights
Fly to Miami, Shuttle to Marathon
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Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Augustine
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hilton Head
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 6 nights
Fly
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly
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Page
— 3 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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New Orleans

— 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Escape My Room New Orleans and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Visit Immaculate Conception Church and Lafayette Cemetery No.1 for their historical value. Step out of New Orleans to go to Slidell and see Nature & Wildlife Tours, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, pause for some serene contemplation at Old St. Patrick's Church, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our New Orleans driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to New Orleans. In July in New Orleans, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 80°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Marathon.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Marathon

— 3 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin Research Center and Seven Mile Bridge. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Explore Marathon's surroundings by going to Islamorada (Fishing Charters & Tours & Scuba & Snorkeling). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Marathon visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and shuttle from New Orleans to Marathon in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Marathon. Traveling from New Orleans in July, you will find days in Marathon are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (81°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

St. Augustine

— 4 nights
St. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ormond Beach and St. Augustine Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort Matanzas National Monument and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Augustine: Daytona Beach (Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory & Beach at Daytona Beach). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lightner Museum, get engrossed in the history at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, enjoy the sea views from St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc., and look for all kinds of wild species at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read St. Augustine road trip planning site.

Drive from Marathon to St. Augustine in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in St. Augustine when traveling from Marathon in July, with lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 4 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Speed Boats Tours will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Spas. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hilton Head holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from St. Augustine to Hilton Head takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Get some cultural insight at National Corvette Museum and Carnton. Popular historic sites such as Carter House and Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and browse the exhibits of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nashville trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Hilton Head to Nashville takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Nashville when traveling from Hilton Head in July, with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Explore hidden gems such as Wildlife Loop Road and Iron Mountain Road. Escape the urban bustle at Sylvan Lake and Presidential Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Custer: Big Thunder Gold Mine (in Keystone), Mammoth Site of Hot Springs (in Hot Springs) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). Spend the 2nd (Fri) exploring the underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Custer sightseeing planner.

Getting from Nashville to Custer by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Custer. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Nashville in July, with highs in Custer at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Teton and Upper Geyser Basin. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Norris Geyser Basin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yellowstone National Park: Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center (in West Yellowstone) and Yellowstone Trading Post (in Cooke City). It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Custer in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 6 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Anna Ranch Heritage Center (in Waimea), Hilo (Rainbow Falls & Akaka Falls State Park) and Kilauea Iki Trailhead (in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, savor a delicious cup with Greenwell Farms, hike along Maka’ula ‘O’oma Tract, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kailua-Kona sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Kailua-Kona in 13 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Kailua-Kona, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Kailua-Kona: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 77°F at night. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koko Crater Railway Trail and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Byodo-In Temple and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Shark Diving (in Haleiwa), Opana Radar Site (in Kawela Bay) and Lanikai Beach (in Kailua). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ko Olina Lagoons, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, examine the collection at Iolani Palace, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Honolulu itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Honolulu takes 4 hours. August in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Page.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Page

— 3 nights

Center of Canyon Country

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Antelope Canyon. Explore hidden gems such as Glen Canyon Dam Overlook and Moqui Cave. Step out of Page to go to Monument Valley and see Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Page trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Honolulu to Page by flight takes about 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Honolulu in August, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Page. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Bandelier National Monument and Canyon Road. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of International Folk Art and Palace of the Governors. There's lots more to do: gain a rich perspective with New Mexico History Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe planning website.

You can fly from Page to Santa Fe in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Page in August, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 84°F and 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.