60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
Fly
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly to Key West, Bus to Marathon
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Marathon
— 2 nights
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Key West
— 4 nights
Fly
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Panama City Beach
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Fly
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly to Merced, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Moab
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Custer
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Explore hidden gems such as Cades Cove and Laurel Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Grotto Falls Parking. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Roaring Fork, walk around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, hike along Chimney Tops Trail, and steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Charlotte to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

New York City

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at New York Public Library and Ground Zero Museum Workshop. Visiting Speed Boats Tours and Shu Swamp Preserve - Charles T Church Nature Preserve will get you outdoors. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Holtsville Ecology Site (in Holtsville), The David Weld Sanctuary (in Saint James) and Gateway National Recreation (in Sandy Hook). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Met Cloisters, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and hunt for treasures at Chelsea Market.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read New York City trip planner.

Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Rocky Point Beach and Park and Devils Den. Appreciate the collections at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Washington DC: U.S. Naval Academy (in Annapolis), Gettysburg (Jennie Wade House, Shriver House Museum, &more) and The Walters Art Museum (in Baltimore). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, wander the streets of Georgetown, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, and get engrossed in the history at National Portrait Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Washington DC travel route planning app.

Getting from New York City to Washington DC by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Marathon.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Marathon

— 2 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 9th (Fri), stroll through Bahia Honda State Park, explore the gorgeous colors at Sombrero Reef, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Turtle Hospital, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolphin Research Center, then take an in-depth tour of History of Diving Museum, then stroll around Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon route builder tool.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Washington DC to Marathon in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Marathon, with lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Zachary Taylor and Simonton Street Beach. Appreciate the collections at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum and The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. There's much more to do: stroll through Vandenberg Wreck, take in the exciting artwork at 7 Artists & Friends Gallery, explore the gorgeous colors at Western Dry Rocks, and enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Key West route builder site.

You can drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 81°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Panama City Beach

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Panama City Beach and Rosemary Beach Public Beach. Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum and St. Joseph Point Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Horseback Riding Tours (in Port Saint Joe), Apalachicola (The Raney House Museum & John Gorrie State Museum) and Eden Gardens State Park (in Point Washington). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Fudpucker's Gator Beach, head outdoors with Sunshine Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Panama City Beach.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panama City Beach attractions tool.

Fly from Key West to Panama City Beach in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Key West in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 74°F in Panama City Beach. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to fly to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jagger Museum and Kealakekua Bay. Take a break from the city and head to Swim with Dolphins and Holei Sea Arch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: The Captain Cook Monument (in Captain Cook), Steam Vents (in Pahoa) and Kazumura Cave Tours (in Hilo). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kona Cloud Forest, take an in-depth tour of Hulihe'e Palace, kick back and relax at 49 Black Sand Beach, and make a trip to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona day trip tool.

Fly from Panama City Beach to Kailua-Kona in 12 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 5 hours. In July in Kailua-Kona, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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.
Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Ho'okipa Beach Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Honolua Bay and Kapalua Coastal Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailea (Wailea Beach, Makena Beach, &more), Kihei (Maui's World Gallery, Kamaole Beach Park II, &more) and Story of Hawaii Museum (in Kahului). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Beach, shop like a local with Lahaina Galleries, take in the exciting artwork at Maui On Metal, and examine the collection at Hale Pa'i Printing Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lahaina itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina in 2.5 hours. July in Lahaina sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Visiting Photography Tours and Dolphin Quest will get you outdoors. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and US Army Museum of Hawaii. Explore Honolulu's surroundings by going to Kailua (Pillbox Hike, Lanikai Beach, &more), Haleiwa (Waimea Bay, Waimea Valley, &more) and Pupukea (Sharks Cove & Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, and don't miss a visit to Opana Radar Site.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Honolulu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 2.5 hours. In July in Honolulu, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Pioneer Yosemite History Center and Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Change things up with these side-trips from Yosemite National Park: Rainbow Pool (in Groveland), Nelder Grove (in Madera) and Stanislaus National Forest (in Hathaway Pines). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Yosemite Falls, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and trek along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park journey planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park is 2 hours. When traveling from Honolulu in August, plan for little chillier days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 43°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Inner Canyon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kolb Studio and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mather Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll around Indian Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 50°F. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Delicate Arch and Double Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fiery Furnace and Tunnel Arch. Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Canyonlands National Park (Shafer Trail, Mesa Arch, &more) and Arches National Park (Windows, Landscape Arch, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balanced Rock Trail, trek along Park Avenue Trail, and do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Moab online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Moab hover around 92°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Prismatic Spring and Mud Volcano. Explore Yellowstone National Park's surroundings by going to Grand Teton National Park (Cascade Canyon, 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, &more). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Black Sand Basin, stroll through Mystic Falls Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser, and look for all kinds of wild species at Firehole Canyon Drive.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Moab to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be much colder, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Escape the urban bustle at Custer State Park and Needles Eye Tunnel. Let the collections at South Dakota State Railroad Museum and Custer County 1881 Courthouse capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium in Keystone (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: cruise along Iron Mountain Road, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, learn about winemaking at Twisted Pine Winery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Custer holiday planning website.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, with highs in Custer at 77°F and lows at 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.