57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Custer
— 1 night
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City Beach
— 3 nights
Drive to Pensacola, Fly to Orlando
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Orlando
— 6 nights
Fly
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 5 nights
Train
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New York City
— 5 nights

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Custer

— 1 night
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 13th (Mon), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, and then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake and then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

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New York City to Custer is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New York City in September: highs in Custer hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 45°F. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lehardy's Rapids.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Custer in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 60°F and lows at 33°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tioga Pass and Mariposa Grove. Attractions like Half Dome and El Capitan make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, stroll through Panorama Trail, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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 the less-touristy side of things at San Francisco Bay and Twin Peaks. Kids will enjoy Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. The adventure continues: walk around Golden Gate Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, don't miss a visit to Lombard Street, and take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Lahaina Front Street. Bring the kids along to Wailea Beach and Zipline. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Ho'okipa Beach Park (in Paia), Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina trip app.

You can fly from San Francisco to Lahaina in 9.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco to Lahaina, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, Lahaina is somewhat warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 84°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Battleship Missouri Memorial and Koko Crater Railway Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Shark Diving) and Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at USS Arizona Memorial, examine the collection at Iolani Palace, explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Honolulu online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 4 hours. October in Honolulu sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): hike along The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, and then take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip maker.

Fly from Honolulu to Zion National Park in 11 hours. Traveling from Honolulu to Zion National Park, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Honolulu in October: highs in Zion National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and then get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Moab, with lows around 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Panama City Beach

— 3 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Attractions like Panama City Beach and Okaloosa Island make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like AJ's Water Adventures and St. Andrews State Park. Go for a jaunt from Panama City Beach to Fort Walton Beach to see Air Force Armament Museum about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Henderson Beach State Park and browse the different shops at Pier Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Panama City Beach road trip planner.

Getting from Moab to Panama City Beach by combination of car and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In October, Panama City Beach is somewhat warmer than Moab - with highs of 83°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Orlando

— 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Fun Spot America will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fun Spot America and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Pack the 21st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 24th (Sun) at Magic Kingdom Park. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort, discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, don't miss a visit to Tree of Life, and try out the rides at World of Disney.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando tour planner.

Getting from Panama City Beach to Orlando by combination of car and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Panama City Beach in October, Orlando is a bit warmer at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to The Coaster at Goats on the Roof and Tuckaleechee Caverns. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parrot Mountain & Gardens and Zipline. When in Pigeon Forge, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Bryson City, approximately Bryson City away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Blue Ridge Pkwy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, and catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge trip planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Pigeon Forge in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In October, Pigeon Forge is little chillier than Orlando - with highs of 74°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 5 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 hidden gems such as Gettysburg National Military Park and National Gallery of Art. Attractions like Korean War Veterans Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: Gettysburg (Horseback Riding Tours & Gettysburg National Cemetery). There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, and appreciate the history behind Washington Monument.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Washington DC online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Pigeon Forge to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. In October in Washington DC, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and Empire State Building will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to New York Public Library and St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the New York City trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. November in New York City sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods