54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Dallas
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Keystone
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Chicago
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New York City
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Philadelphia
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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San Diego
— 4 nights
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Anaheim
— 3 nights
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Los Angeles
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Santa Barbara
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San Simeon
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Monterey
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Mammoth Lakes
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Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
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Springdale
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Dallas — 2 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Frontiers of Flight Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Crow Collection of Asian Art and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Go for a jaunt from Dallas to Fort Worth to see Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit Dallas Arts District, catch a live event at Riders Field, get interesting insight from Tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Old Red Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dallas day trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Dallas is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Dallas is minus 14 hours. In August, Dallas is much warmer than Perth - with highs of 41°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to fly to Keystone.
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Keystone — 4 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Get some cultural insight at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Gutzon Borglum Historical Center. Visiting Presidential Trail and Roughlock Falls Nature Area will get you outdoors. Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish) and Pactola Lake (in Silver City). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, look for gifts at Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, explore the activities along Horse Thief Lake, and examine the collection at Keystone Historical Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Keystone trip planner.

Getting from Dallas to Keystone by flight takes about 4 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 Dallas to Keystone. When traveling from Dallas in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Keystone, with highs around 29°C, while nights are colder with lows around 12°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Fri) before leaving for Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Get some cultural insight at Chicago Riverwalk and The Art Institute of Chicago. Do your shopping at Chicago Cultural Center and Lincoln Park. Change things up with a short trip to Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Lakefront Trail, see the interesting displays at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, visit The Loop, and don't miss a visit to Michigan Avenue Bridge.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chicago online itinerary planner.

Fly from Keystone to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Keystone in August, things will get a bit warmer in Chicago: highs are around 33°C and lows about 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to New York City.
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New York City — 5 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Get in touch with nature at Speed Boats Tours and Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Met Cloisters and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Hyde Park (Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site & Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, examine the collection at New York Public Library, and take a stroll through Dumbo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our New York City trip builder.

You can fly from Chicago to New York City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to New York City. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Philadelphia.
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Philadelphia — 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Independence Hall and Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Rodin Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Philadelphia: Crossing Vineyards and Winery (in Washington Crossing) and Old Barracks Museum (in Trenton). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, admire the striking features of Boathouse Row, admire the masterpieces at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Philadelphia trip planner.

Take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.
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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 The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Maryland State House. Discover out-of-the-way places like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Portrait Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Annapolis Historic District). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, wander the streets of Old Town, and stop by Capitol Hill.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip builder tool.

Traveling by train from Philadelphia to Washington DC takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 25°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for San Diego.
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San Diego — 4 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get some historical perspective at Point Loma and Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Venture out of the city with trips to Moonlight State Beach (in Encinitas) and Del Mar City Beach (in Del Mar). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Beach, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and take in the waterfront at Seaport Village.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the San Diego online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to San Diego takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, you will find days in San Diego are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). On the 31st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 3 nights

Heart of Orange County

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Marconi Automotive Museum and Christ Cathedral. Visiting Huntington State Beach and Orange County Coast will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: catch some excitement at Toy Story Midway Mania!.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Anaheim tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Anaheim takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Anaheim hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 23°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sat) before leaving for Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and The Getty Villa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach) and Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, explore the world behind art at The Broad, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Anaheim to Los Angeles in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Barbara.
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Santa Barbara — 2 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): get a taste of the local shopping with Santa Barbara Art Glass, then tour the pleasant surroundings at East Beach, then steep yourself in history at Casa del Herrero, and finally take a memorable drive along Santa Barbara Scenic Drive. On your second day here, take a stroll through State Street Underpass, stroll around Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, then do a tasting at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Historic La Arcada Courtyard.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Barbara trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, expect Santa Barbara to be slightly colder, temps between 30°C and 17°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Simeon.
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San Simeon — 1 night

When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 9th (Fri), kick back and relax at Piedras Blancas, then look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and finally enjoy the sand and surf at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Simeon travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Barbara to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in September: highs in San Simeon hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 13°C. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Monterey.
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Monterey — 3 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard and Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, McWay Falls, &more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Monterey holiday builder website.

You can drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from San Simeon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Monterey, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore and learn at Cable Car Museum and Asian Art Museum. Get outdoors at Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. There's much more to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, stroll through Lands End, engage your brain at California Academy of Sciences, and see the interesting displays at de Young Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco road trip website.

Traveling by car from Monterey to San Francisco takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in San Francisco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Fall will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in September, plan for much colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Mammoth Lakes.
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Mammoth Lakes — 2 nights

Mammoth Lakes is a town in Mono County, California, the county's only incorporated community. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): stroll through Parker Lake Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, and then stroll around Mono Lake County Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, contemplate the waterfront views at McLeod Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Earthquake Fault, and finally trek along Mammoth Crest Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mammoth Lakes trip itinerary site.

Traveling by bus from Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Mammoth Lakes are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 2 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the activities along Badwater Basin, explore the stunning scenery at Twenty Mule Team Canyon, then take an in-depth tour of Beatty Museum & Historical Society, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Charcoal Kilns, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panamint Range, then explore the striking landscape at The Devil's Speedway, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and finally contemplate the long history of Harmony Borax Works.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Mammoth Lakes to Death Valley National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mammoth Lakes in September, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much hotter (20°C). You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Springdale.
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Springdale — 3 nights

Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Appreciate the collections at David J West Gallery and Worthington Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Angel's Landing and Hidden Canyon. There's lots more to do: trek along Riverside Walk, stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, look for gifts at Zion Outfitter, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail.

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Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Springdale takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Death Valley National Park to Springdale due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Death Valley National Park in September, with highs in Springdale at 34°C and lows at 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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