54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

54 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Keystone
— 4 nights
Fly
3
Chicago
— 3 nights
Fly
4
New York City
— 5 nights
Train
5
Philadelphia
— 3 nights
Train
6
Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly
7
San Diego
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Anaheim
— 3 nights
Drive
9
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Santa Barbara
— 2 nights
Drive
11
San Simeon
— 1 night
Drive
12
Monterey
— 3 nights
Drive
13
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Drive
14
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
15
Mammoth Lakes
— 2 nights
Drive
16
Death Valley National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
17
Springdale
— 3 nights

S M T W T F S
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1

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.
Get in touch with nature at Frisco RoughRiders and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Change things up with a short trip to Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Fort Worth (about 42 minutes away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Frontiers of Flight Museum, visit Bishop Arts District, make a trip to Old Red Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Crow Collection of Asian Art.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip maker app.

Perth, Australia to Dallas is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 14 hours traveling from Perth to Dallas due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Perth in August: high temperatures in Dallas hover around 41°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Keystone.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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 Keystone Historical Museum. Visiting Presidential Trail and Devil Bathtub South Dakota will get you outdoors. Explore Keystone's surroundings by going to Pactola Lake (in Silver City) and Roughlock Falls Nature Area (in Savoy). 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 explore the world behind art at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center.

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.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. 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.

Things to do in Chicago

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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 much more to do: examine the collection at Ground Zero Museum Workshop, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, stop by Dumbo, and take a stroll through SoHo.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to New York City takes 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. August in New York City sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Old Barracks Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Philadelphia Museum of Art and Crossing Vineyards and Winery. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, take a stroll through Boathouse Row, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Independence Mall.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Philadelphia day trip website.

You can take a train from New York City to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Philadelphia, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 24°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Washington DC.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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 Old Town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of African American History and Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Historic District, &more). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Capitol Hill, step into the grandiose world of Smithsonian Institution Building, examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, and take an in-depth tour of National Portrait Gallery.

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.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. 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: kick back and relax at Coronado Beach, observe the fascinating underwater world at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, take a leisurely stroll along Seaport Village, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Windansea Beach.

To find where to stay and tourist information, use the San Diego visit planner.

Getting from Washington DC to San Diego by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Diego is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in San Diego to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Anaheim.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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 Christ Cathedral and Marconi Automotive Museum. 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.

Things to do in Anaheim

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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 The Getty Villa. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Ocean Avenue (in Santa Monica) and Malibu (El Matador State Beach & Zuma Beach). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, examine the collection at Hollywood Bowl Museum, 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.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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 get engrossed in the 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.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Beaches

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 and Gift Shop, 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.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

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 Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Carmel River State Beach and McWay Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Big Sur (Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park & Coast Gallery Big Sur). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, learn about winemaking at Wrath Tasting Room- Carmel, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Monterey online holiday planner.

Drive from San Simeon to Monterey in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Simeon in September: highs in Monterey hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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 de Young Museum. Get outdoors at Lands End and Marin Headlands. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, explore the activities along San Francisco Bay, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mission Dolores, and walk around Golden Gate Park.

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.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

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 Bridalveil Fall. Visiting Yosemite, Tunnel View and Lembert Dome will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Mammoth Lakes.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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 tour the pleasant surroundings 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.

Things to do in Mammoth Lakes

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 Worthington Gallery and David J West Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Angel's Landing and Zion Outfitter. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon, grab your bike and head to Zion Rock & Mountain Guides, stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Springdale trip builder website.

You can drive from Death Valley National Park to Springdale in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Death Valley National Park in September; daily highs in Springdale reach 34°C and lows reach 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip