56 days in United States Itinerary

56 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Key West
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Santa Fe
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Moab
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Lahaina, Maui
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Yellowstone National Park
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Custer
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Nashville
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Savannah
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Hilton Head
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Nantucket
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get some cultural insight at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, and examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Key West holiday builder site.

Newark to Key West is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Key West at 88°F and lows at 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Adventure

Santa Fe

— 4 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.
Museum of International Folk Art and Keshi will appeal to museum buffs. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Puye Cliff Dwellings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Taos (Millicent Rogers Museum & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). There's much more to do: examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe travel website.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Santa Fe takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Key West to Santa Fe, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Key West in September, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are cooler (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage and Tom Till Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Park Avenue Trail and Shafer Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Arches National Park (Double O Arch & Sand Dune Arch), Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum (in Gateway) and White Rim Trail (in Canyonlands National Park). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, view the masterpieces at Gallery Moab LCA, get outside with Double Down Bike Shop, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gemini Bridges.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Moab takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September in Moab, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Nakalele Blowhole. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kush Fine Art Gallery and Reeflections Fine Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailuku (Art On Market & Scuba & Snorkeling). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Kahekili Beach Park, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lahaina route website.

You can fly from Moab to Lahaina in 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lahaina when traveling from Moab in September, with lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Wys Galleries and Bishop Museum. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ko Olina Lagoons and Kailua Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Honolulu side-trips: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Kailua (Kayaking & Canoeing & Lanikai Beach) and Haleiwa (Waimea Valley & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Nu’uanu Pali, get to know the fascinating history of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, stroll through Koko Crater Railway Trail, and stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 4 hours. In September in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 4 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uncle Tom's Trail and S Rim Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Midway Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yellowstone National Park: Grand Teton National Park (Teton Park Road, 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Dragon's Mouth Springs, contemplate the geological forces at Mud Volcano, take in the dramatic scenery at Gibbon Falls, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Honolulu to Yellowstone National Park takes 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Honolulu in October: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 47°F and lows are around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer

— 4 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Adams House and Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Days of '76 Museum and The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Explore Custer's surroundings by going to Crook County Museum (in Sundance), Vore Buffalo Jump (in Beulah) and Lead (Black Hills Mining Museum & Roughlock Falls State Nature Area). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, take a peaceful walk through Black Hills, get a new perspective on nature at Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Custer tour planning site.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, with highs in Custer at 57°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Branson.

Things to do in Custer

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Branson

— 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Visiting National Tiger Sanctuary and Talking Rocks Cavern will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Veterans Memorial Museum and Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (in Republic), Pea Ridge National Military Park (in Garfield) and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel (in Bella Vista). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Canyon Nature Trail and Cave, go for a stroll along the water at State Park Marina, take some stellar pictures from 165 Scenic Overlook, and examine the collection at Ralph Foster Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Branson planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Branson takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Custer to Branson is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Custer in October: high temperatures in Branson hover around 71°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lane Motor Museum and Tennessee State Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Radnor Lake State Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip maker.

Getting from Branson to Nashville by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then steep yourself in history at Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Colonial Park Cemetery, and finally make a trip to City Market. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, then stroll through Wormsloe Historic Site, then contemplate the long history of Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, and finally admire the striking features of Mickve Israel Temple.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Savannah trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Nashville to Savannah in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Savannah due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Savannah. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Hilton Head

— 3 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Get some cultural insight at Nash Gallery and Mitchelville Freedom Park. Relax by the water at Folly Field Beach Park and Driessen Beach Park. There's still lots to do: play a few rounds at The Golf Courses of Palmetto Dunes, identify plant and animal life at Hilton Head Island Birding Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, and try for a hole-in-one at Legendary Golf.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hilton Head online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Savannah to Hilton Head by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Hilton Head can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nantucket.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Nantucket

— 2 nights
Nantucket is an island about 30mi by ferry south from Cape Cod, in the American state of Massachusetts. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Milestone Bog and Greater Light. Get outdoors at Nobadeer and Miacomet Pond. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Hadwen House, look and learn at Loines Observatory, examine the collection at Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nantucket itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Hilton Head to Nantucket takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, Nantucket is slightly colder than Hilton Head - with highs of 64°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in Nantucket

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 4 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Precipice Trail and Agamont Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Seal Cove Auto Museum and Egg Rock Light. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bar Harbor: Ship Harbor Nature Trail (in Bass Harbor) and Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies (in Deer Isle). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Eagle Lake Acadia National Park, hike along Bar Island Trails, take in nature's colorful creations at Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Atlantic Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bar Harbor trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nantucket to Bar Harbor in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In October, Bar Harbor is slightly colder than Nantucket - with highs of 59°F and lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.