53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

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53 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cortez
Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Cannon Beach
— 13 nights
Drive:  34​h
2
Green Bay
— 11 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
3
Detroit
— 11 nights
Drive:  11​h
4
Storm Lake
— 10 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
5
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Cortez

13
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Short Sands Beach and Rockaway Beach Wayside. Escape the urban bustle at Hug Point State Recreation Site and Oswald West State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cannon Beach: Kilchis Point Reserve (in Bay City), Tillamook (Bayocean Peninsula County Park & Blue Heron Cheese & Wine Company) and Domaine Serene (in Dayton). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park, kick back and relax at Manzanita Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Haystack Rock, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Cannon Beach Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cannon Beach travel itinerary planner.

Cortez to Cannon Beach is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Cortez in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannon Beach: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 55°F at night. You'll set off for Green Bay on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manzanita, Tillamook, Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Kilchis Point Reserve, Rockaway Beach Wayside
Highlights from your plan
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock
Manzanita Beach ©
Manzanita Beach
Oswald West State Park ©
Oswald West State Park

11
nights
Green Bay

Green Bay ©
Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Visit Nicolet Bay Beach and Alpine Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Newport State Park and Sister Bay Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Green Bay: Sister Bay (Pirate's Cove Mini Golf, Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours, & more), Two Rivers (Point Beach State Forest & Mariners Trail & Rawley Point Bike Trails) and Sturgeon Bay (Renard's Cheese, The Garden Door, & more). The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Ellison Bluff State Natural Area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Green Circle Trail, learn about winemaking at Forgotten Fire Winery, and hike along Menominee Park.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Green Bay travel planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Cannon Beach to Green Bay takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Cannon Beach to Green Bay is 2 hours. September in Green Bay sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Detroit.

Things to do in Green Bay

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Ellison Bay, Fish Creek, Two Rivers
Highlights from your plan
Newport State Park ©
Newport State Park
Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours ©
Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours
Ellison Bluff State Natural Area ©
Ellison Bluff State Natural Area

11
nights
Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
Escape the urban bustle at Maumee Bay State Park and Lakeview Park. Step off the beaten path and head to South Bass Island and Butterfly House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Detroit: Put in Bay (Chocolate Museum, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, & more), Thomas Edison Birthplace (in Milan) and Burnham Orchards (in Berlin Heights). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Main Street Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Maumee Bay Brew Pub, experience rural life at Cook's Dairy Farm, and see the interesting displays at Greenfield Village.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Detroit visit planner .

Getting from Green Bay to Detroit by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Green Bay to Detroit due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Green Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Detroit, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel to Storm Lake.

Things to do in Detroit

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Put in Bay, Dearborn, Jackson, Toledo, East Harbor State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cedar Point ©
Cedar Point
Maumee Bay State Park ©
Maumee Bay State Park
Main Street Beach ©
Main Street Beach

10
nights
Storm Lake

Storm Lake ©
Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto of the Redemption and Whiterock Conservancy. Get outdoors at Preparation Canyon State Park and Desoto National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Storm Lake: Jefferson (Deal's Apple Orchard, Sally's Alley, & more), McIntosh Woods State Park (in Ventura) and Community Orchard (in Fort Dodge). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Little Swan Lake Winery, stop by Goodies Handmade Candies, sample the fine beverages at Templeton Rye, and get in on the family fun at Arnolds Park Amusement Park.

Before you visit Storm Lake, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Explore your travel options from Detroit to Storm Lake with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Storm Lake is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Detroit in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Storm Lake, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Storm Lake

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jefferson, Estherville, Spirit Lake, McIntosh Woods State Park, Arnolds Park Amusement Park
Highlights from your plan
McIntosh Woods State Park ©
McIntosh Woods State Park
Grotto of the Redemption ©
Grotto of the Redemption
Little Swan Lake Winery ©
Little Swan Lake Winery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center, then take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, then hike along Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lembert Dome and then explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park day trip planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Storm Lake to Yosemite National Park. Traveling from Storm Lake to Yosemite National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Storm Lake in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): hike along Artist Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Artists’ Paintpots. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Midway Geyser Basin, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yosemite National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are slightly colder (47°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Artist Point ©
Artist Point
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

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