53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Los Angeles
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Billings
— 7 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Rapid City
— 1 night
Fly to Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, Drive to Rising Sun
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Rising Sun
— 3 nights
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Louisville
— 7 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Atlanta
— 3 nights
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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Houston
— 3 nights
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Dallas
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Forever Cemetery for their historical value. Visiting 26-Mile Bike Path and Mulholland Drive will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at The Getty Center, don't miss a visit to Hollywood Walk of Fame, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Monica State Beach, and explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Los Angeles is minus 18 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Brisbane in April since evenings lows in Los Angeles dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
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Yosemite National Park — 2 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 4th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mariposa Grove, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pioneer Yosemite History Center, then get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View, then admire the sheer force of Bridalveil Fall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park road trip website.

Drive from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. When traveling from Los Angeles in April, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Yosemite National Park: temperatures range from 17°C by day to -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Death Valley National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Get some historical perspective at Harmony Borax Works and Charcoal Kilns. Visiting Salt Creek Interpretive Trail and Zabriskie Point will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Mosaic Canyon, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, explore the activities along Badwater Basin, and explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in April, expect nights in Death Valley National Park to be much hotter, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park — 1 night

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): hike along South Kaibab Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Death Valley National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 19°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Arches National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, hike along Landscape Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Double Arch and then explore the striking landscape at Windows.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arches National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.
Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip builder tool.

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. In April, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Arches National Park - with highs of 6°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Billings.
Nature · Parks

Billings — 7 nights

Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Visiting Red Lodge Mountain and Pictograph Cave State Park will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer Battlefield Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Billings: Pompeys Pillar National Monument (in Pompeys Pillar), Custer Battlefield Trading Company (in Crow Agency) and Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary (in Red Lodge). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outlaw Canyon Adventures, LLC, explore the striking landscape at The Rimrocks, surround yourself with nature on Yellowstone Guidelines, and do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Billings trip maker site.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Billings by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in April, expect Billings to be somewhat warmer, temps between 16°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.
Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Colorado Springs — 3 nights

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Denver Union Station and Molly Brown House Museum. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to 16th Street Mall in Denver--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Billings to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Rapid City.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Shopping
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Rapid City — 1 night

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Bear Country USA and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in the Hills.

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Fly from Colorado Springs to Rapid City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Colorado Springs in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rapid City: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Rising Sun.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Rising Sun — 3 nights

Rising Sun is a city in Randolph Township, Ohio County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. Step out of the city life by going to Clifty Falls State Park and Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic District and Lanier Mansion State Historic Site. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Wolf Sanctuary and try your luck at Rising Star Casino.

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Explore your travel options from Rapid City to Rising Sun with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Rapid City in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Rising Sun: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Fun & Games
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Louisville — 7 nights

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get in touch with nature at Louisville Mega Cavern and Unique Horse Farm Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park. Explore Louisville's surroundings by going to Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown), Lexington (Keeneland & Kentucky Horse Park) and Mammoth Cave (in Mammoth Cave National Park). Next up on the itinerary: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery.

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Drive from Rising Sun to Louisville in 1.5 hours. April in Louisville sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Washington DC.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Washington National Cathedral and Arlington National Cemetery. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get your bearings at Library of Congress.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Washington DC trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Louisville to Washington DC in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Washington DC are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Atlanta.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Atlanta — 3 nights

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Centennial Olympic Park will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Top Golf and Stone Mountain Park. There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Georgia Aquarium, sample some tasty brews at Red Hare Brewing Company, take in nature's colorful creations at Atlanta Botanical Garden, and make a trip to The King Center.

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You can fly from Washington DC to Atlanta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to New Orleans.
Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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New Orleans — 2 nights

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 13th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Chalmette National Historical Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Jackson Square, and then get to know the fascinating history of Garden District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): get outside with Happiness Bayou Tours, stop by Faulkner House Books, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Louis Cathedral, and finally make a trip to French Quarter.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Atlanta to New Orleans takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Atlanta to New Orleans, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Atlanta in May, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Houston.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Houston — 3 nights

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Hermann Park. When in Houston, make a side trip to see The Seawall in Galveston, approximately Galveston away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Houston Museum of Natural Science, get curious at Cockrell Butterfly Center, admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and stroll around Buffalo Bayou Park.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Houston road trip planning website.

Fly from New Orleans to Houston in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in May: highs in Houston hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Dallas.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Dallas — 3 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve and Fort Worth Botanic Garden. When in Dallas, make a side trip to see Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District in Fort Worth, approximately Fort Worth away. There's still lots to do: walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dallas trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Houston to Dallas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Dallas sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
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United States travel guide

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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.