60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Portsmouth
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Cape May
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Philadelphia
— 5 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
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Detroit
— 2 nights
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Cleveland
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Chicago
— 5 nights
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Milwaukee
— 2 nights
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Minneapolis
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
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Denver
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Portsmouth

— 1 night
Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. On the 1st (Wed), cast your line with Seacoast New Hampshire Sportfishing. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Millyard Museum and then do a tasting at Flag Hill Distillery & Winery.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Portsmouth trip planning website.

London, UK to Portsmouth is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Portsmouth is minus 5 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Portsmouth, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Portsmouth

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and don't miss a visit to Grand Central Terminal.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our New York City trip planner.

You can fly from Portsmouth to New York City in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portsmouth in June, New York City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cape May.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Cape May

— 2 nights

The Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort

Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
On the 9th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Cape May Meadows and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cape May online vacation planner.

Drive from New York City to Cape May in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, tram, and bus. In June, daytime highs in Cape May are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trips

Philadelphia

— 5 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.
Explore Philadelphia's surroundings by going to Brandywine River Museum of Art (in Chadds Ford) and Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square). There's much more to do: stroll around Franklin Square, sample some tasty brews at Philly Brew Tours, admire the masterpieces at Rodin Museum, and steep yourself in history at Independence Hall.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Cape May to Philadelphia in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Cape May in June, you will find days in Philadelphia are somewhat warmer (34°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 3 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Niagara Falls is known for nature, casinos, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Niagara Power Project Visitors Center, go for a walk through Goat Island, head off the coast to Three Sisters Island, and take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Philadelphia in June: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 29°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Detroit.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Detroit

— 2 nights

The Motor City

Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 19th (Sun), examine the collection at Greenfield Village and then contemplate the long history of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. On the next day, examine the collection at The Henry Ford and then learn the secrets of beer at The HandleBar Toledo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Detroit travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Detroit takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Detroit are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Cleveland.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cleveland

— 2 nights

Forest City

A culturally diverse city situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland boasts many places to visit, such as world-class museums, popular amusement parks, and sprawling recreational areas.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Cleveland Museum of Art and then see the interesting displays at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm and then admire the natural beauty at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cleveland travel website.

Fly from Detroit to Cleveland in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Chicago.

Things to do in Cleveland

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chicago

— 5 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago is known for museums, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Chicago online trip maker.

You can fly from Cleveland to Chicago in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cleveland to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Chicago can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Milwaukee.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Milwaukee

— 2 nights

Brew City

Milwaukee boasts well-preserved historical districts with a rich European past and a strong beer-brewing tradition.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Milwaukee Art Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Josaphat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): trek along Bugline Trail and then admire the striking features of SC Johnson Headquarters.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milwaukee online trip builder.

You can drive from Chicago to Milwaukee in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect Milwaukee to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Milwaukee

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Minneapolis

— 2 nights

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Isles, and then admire all the interesting features of Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Minneapolis Institute of Art and then walk around Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Minneapolis visit planner.

Getting from Milwaukee to Minneapolis by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June in Minneapolis, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trip

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Teton. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive and then explore the stunning scenery at Death Canyon.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole driving holiday planning site.

Getting from Minneapolis to Jackson Hole by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Jackson Hole due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Jackson Hole, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Denver

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour and then relax and rejuvenate at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine and then catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Denver travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Denver is a bit warmer than Jackson Hole - with highs of 36°C and lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Spas · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 6th (Wed), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Venture out of the city with trips to Canyonlands National Park (Grand View Point Overlook & Island in the Sky). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and identify plant and animal life at Deep Desert Expeditions.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Colorado Springs to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 42°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Los Angeles

— 5 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 Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). Pack the 14th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Norton Simon Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Venice Canals Walkway, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, and see the interesting displays at The Getty Center.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moab to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Moab in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

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: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, examine the collection at de Young Museum, and stroll around Golden Gate Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Los Angeles to San Francisco by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Portland

— 4 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Portland: Schreiner's Iris Gardens (in Salem) and Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner). There's lots more to do: get outside with Portland Timbers, walk around Hoyt Arboretum, admire the natural beauty at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and meet the residents at Oregon Zoo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Portland travel route tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Seattle

— 6 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: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, meet the residents at Woodland Park Zoo, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Seattle online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Seattle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.

New Jersey travel guide

3.9
Casinos · Shopping Malls · Beaches
The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Pennsylvania travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Casinos · Specialty Museums
The Keystone State
One of the country's 13 original founding states, Pennsylvania contains a balance of modern cities and fertile fields. A rich and varied state with a colorful history dating back to colonial times, it remains a worthy holiday destination with its well-preserved 19th-century battle sites and memorial parks. This diverse land is home to pristine forests and rugged mountain regions. For an urban experience, visit the state's university cities, offering numerous tourist attractions as well as thriving music, performance, art, and culinary scenes. The region's Amish country provides a weekend getaway in a picturesque setting of quaint towns surrounded by rolling hills and fertile farmland.

Michigan travel guide

4.7
Specialty Museums · Gift & Specialty Shops · State Parks
Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

Ohio travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Casinos · Water Parks
The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Wisconsin travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Zoos
The Badger State
Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because of its status as the nation's most famous producer of milk and cheese. A growing favorite with foreign tourists, the state is a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers, offering year-round outdoor activities like fishing, boating, kayaking, and hiking. Dotted with thousands of inland lakes and waterways alongside apple and cherry orchards, Wisconsin also offers numerous urban tourist attractions, its cities hosting renowned beer and art festivals each year.

Minnesota travel guide

4.4
Room Escape Games · History Museums · Shopping Malls
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Deriving its name from the Dakota word for "land of sky-tinted water," Minnesota is a land of pristine lakes, pockets of dense green forests, and sprawling prairieland. Spend your vacation exploring the state's diverse landscape for endless outdoor activity and a chance to see some of the area's national monuments, or take a trip to the bustling St. Paul-Minneapolis area, a network of commerce and cultural attractions, including the famous Mall of America.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

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.