55 days in United States Itinerary

55 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Seattle
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Denver
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Wichita
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 6 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Orlando
— 5 nights
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Key West
— 4 nights
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New Orleans
— 4 nights
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Dallas
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Sedona
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Los Angeles

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Los Angeles online trip itinerary maker.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Los Angeles. In August in Los Angeles, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 5 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, stop by Fisherman's Wharf, take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Francisco travel route planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Seattle

— 5 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, get to know the resident critters at Woodland Park Zoo, wander the streets of Pioneer Square, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Seattle holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Seattle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop (in Cascade), Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail (in Castle Rock) and Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, get a dose of the wild on Estes Park Guided Tours, and cruise along Guanella Pass.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Seattle to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Seattle to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Wichita.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Wichita

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): meet the residents at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, then get to know the resident critters at Sedgwick County Zoo, and then stroll through Great Plains Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at NDGA National Glass Museum and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bartlett Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Wichita trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Wichita by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, Wichita is somewhat warmer than Denver - with highs of 86°F and lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in Wichita

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Sagamore Spirit Distillery (in Baltimore) and Annapolis (U.S. Naval Academy & Capital SUP). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, get a sense of history and politics at White House, and admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Washington DC trip site.

Traveling by flight from Wichita to Washington DC takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 5 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cosby Picnic Area, Clingmans Dome, &more) and Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, get outside with The Sinks, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Pigeon Forge tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Washington DC to Pigeon Forge in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Orlando.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Orlando

— 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Fri) at Discovery Cove. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, and take in nature's colorful creations at Harry P. Leu Gardens.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip maker site.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Orlando in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in September, expect Orlando to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Parks

Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Key West: SpaTerre at Little Palm Island Resort (in Little Torch Key) and Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium, tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and view the masterpieces at Alan S. Maltz Gallery.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip site.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to Key West takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Key West, with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New Orleans.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Museums · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

New Orleans

— 4 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of St. Louis Cathedral, walk around New Orleans City Park, examine the collection at Backstreet Cultural Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip maker site.

You can fly from Key West to New Orleans in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Key West in October, plan for cooler days in New Orleans, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Dallas.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Dallas online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from New Orleans to Dallas in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dallas: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 62°F at night. On the 13th (Wed), you're off to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Dallas

Nightlife · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and New Mexico River Adventures (in Embudo). There's still lots to do: get outside with Santa Fe Balloon Company, indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, stop by Santa Fe Indian Market, and do some rugged touring at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Dallas to Santa Fe takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Santa Fe, with highs around 69°F, while nights are colder with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 20th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll through Rim Trail, make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista, and get great views at Grandview Point.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, plan for little chillier nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 23rd (Sat), paddle through the water with Clarkdale Kayak Co. and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

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Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.