60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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Springfield
— 2 nights
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Glacier National Park
— 1 day
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Portland
— 3 nights
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Boise
— 1 night
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San Francisco
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
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Las Vegas
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Sedona
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Austin
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Key West
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Orlando
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Weston
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Williamsburg
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Cape May
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Springfield

— 2 nights

Flower City

Springfield is the capital of Illinois, but its real significance is as the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Dana-Thomas House, then get advice or help at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Lincoln Home National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Springfield trip itinerary maker site.

London, UK to Springfield is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Springfield, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in May, expect Springfield to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chicago.

Things to do in Springfield

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. There's much more to do: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Michigan, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, and see the interesting displays at Oriental Institute Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Chicago visit planner.

You can drive from Springfield to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Springfield in May, you will find days in Chicago are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Museum of Nature & Science will appeal to museum buffs. Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods & Cheyenne Mountain Zoo) and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum (in Hurrich). It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To see maps and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planning website.

Getting from Chicago to Denver by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Denver is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in May: high temperatures in Denver hover around 22°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Delicate Arch. On the 10th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and see Off-Road Tours.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Denver to Moab in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Denver in May, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Old Faithful and Yellowstone Institute. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Old Gardiner Road, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Aurum Geyser, and explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, taxi, shuttle, and bus. Traveling from Moab in May, things will get cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 13°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Glacier National Park

— 1 day

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden Wall and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see maps and other tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May: high temperatures in Glacier National Park hover around 22°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Scenic Drive · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Portland

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Portland Art Museum. For shopping fun, head to Powell's City of Books or Live Laugh Love Art. When in Portland, make a side trip to see The Historic Carousel and Museum in Albany, approximately Albany away. There's more to do: explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden.

Discover how to plan a Portland trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Glacier National Park to Portland in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Portland due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glacier National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 12°C in Portland. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boise.

Things to do in Portland

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): trek along Boise River Greenbelt, test your problem-solving skills at Boise Escape, and then test your team's savvy at Labyrinth Escape Games.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Boise trip builder.

Getting from Portland to Boise by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Boise is 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Boise

Fun & Games · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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 Musee Mecanique and de Young Museum. Alcatraz Island and St. Dominic Church will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Golden Gate Bridge, see the interesting displays at American Bookbinders Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco trip maker website.

You can fly from Boise to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to San Francisco is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in San Francisco are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Getty Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Petersen Automotive Museum and California Science Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, explore the world behind art at Norton Simon Museum, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, and see the interesting displays at GRAMMY Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Los Angeles trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in May: high temperatures in Los Angeles hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 4 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and Titanic. Appreciate the collections at The Mob Museum and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, examine the collection at The Neon Museum, and browse the different shops at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip planning app.

Getting from Los Angeles to Las Vegas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Los Angeles in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Outdoors

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Montezuma Castle National Monument and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral Rock and Devil's Bridge Trail. Change things up with a short trip to V-Bar-V Heritage Site in Rimrock (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and hike along Airport Mesa.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip site.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Sedona takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Sedona to be little chillier, temps between 40°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
LBJ Presidential Library and Bullock Texas State History Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to Harry Ransom Center and The Blanton Museum of Artfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Texas State Capitol, stroll around Zilker Metropolitan Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and get a new perspective on nature at Texas Memorial Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Austin vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Austin takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona to Austin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Do your shopping at The San Antonio River Walk and Blue Star Contemporary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of the Pacific War and San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Explore San Antonio's surroundings by going to Fredericksburg (St. Mary's Catholic Church & Grape Creek Vineyards). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, take in the history at Mission Espada, and explore the galleries of The Alamo.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Antonio online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Key West.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries

Side Trip

Key West

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and 7 Artists & Friends Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: Marathon (Seven Mile Bridge, The Turtle Hospital, &more), Dolphin Research Center (in Grassy Key) and Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Key West trip app.

You can fly from San Antonio to Key West in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio to Key West, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for little chillier days in Key West, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Orlando

— 4 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.
Let the collections at The Dali Museum and Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum capture your imagination. Step off the beaten path and head to Chihuly Collection and St. Augustine Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Orlando: Stetson Mansion (in DeLand), Cape Canavarel National Cemetery (in Scottsmoor) and St. Augustine (Flagler College & St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Orlando, and browse the different shops at Disney Springs.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Orlando day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in June, plan for little chillier nights in Orlando, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Weston.

Things to do in Orlando

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Weston

— 1 night
Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and then see the interesting displays at Museum of American Glass.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Weston online holiday builder.

Fly from Orlando to Weston in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Orlando in June; daily highs in Weston reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Weston

Historic Sites · Museums

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Jamestown Settlement and then contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Governor's Palace and then contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Williamsburg travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Weston to Williamsburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Weston in June: high temperatures in Williamsburg hover around 36°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Cape May

— 1 night

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 24th (Wed), browse the exhibits of Cape May Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Cape May City Beaches, and then kick back and relax at Wildwood Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cape May trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Williamsburg to Cape May by car takes about 6 hours. When traveling from Williamsburg in June, plan for slightly colder days in Cape May, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

New York City

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and New York Public Library. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art and 9/11 Memorial. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument, admire the masterpieces at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the New York City trip site.

Traveling by car from Cape May to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, tram, and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
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.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

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.

Nevada travel guide

4.3
Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

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.

West Virginia travel guide

4.1
Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.

Virginia travel guide

4.6
Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Specialty Museums
Old Dominion
The home of the first permanent English colony in the New World, Virginia is a prime holiday destination for those looking to immerse themselves in American heritage. Proud of its colorful history, distinct culture, and southern drawl, Virginians see their state as the place where the imaginary line between the north and the south is drawn. With scenic beauties as diverse as its people, Virginia is a land of rolling hills, rugged mountains, lush valleys, dense forests, and secluded beaches along picturesque bays. Bordered on the east by the Atlantic and the west by the Appalachian Mountains, with rolling farmland in the middle, the state offers countless places to visit for history buffs, nature lovers, and passionate foodies.

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.

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · 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.