60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Big Sky
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 5 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
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Austin
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Natchez
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New Orleans
— 5 nights
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Gulf Shores
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Key West
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Orlando
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Saint Louis
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Big Sky

— 1 day
Big Sky is a census-designated place (CDP) in Gallatin and Madison counties in southwestern Montana. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Lone Peak and then fly down the slopes at Big Sky Resort.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Sky day trip planning app.

London, UK to Big Sky is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Big Sky due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in February, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Big Sky: temperatures range from -3°C by day to -16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Big Sky

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Jackson Hole

— 3 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.
Visiting Scenic Safaris and Grand Targhee Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Teton and Teton Point Turnout. Go for a jaunt from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park to see Cathedral Group about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Town Square.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole day trip planner.

Getting from Big Sky to Jackson Hole by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Big Sky in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Jackson Hole, with lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 11th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Steamboat Ski Resort, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Fly from Jackson Hole to Steamboat Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Steamboat Springs are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Seattle

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Seattle Art Museum, explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, and then take a stroll through Pike Place Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, then see the interesting displays at Museum of History & Industry, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Space Needle.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Steamboat Springs to Seattle takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Steamboat Springs to Seattle is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in February, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Seattle: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Seattle

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Honolulu, Oahu

— 5 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Visit USS Arizona Memorial and Iolani Palace for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Waimea Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Kailua (Lanikai Beach & Kailua Beach Park) and Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Waimea Bay). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koko Crater Railway Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Manoa Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Honolulu takes 8 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Honolulu is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Seattle in February, things will get much warmer in Honolulu: highs are around 32°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 6 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.
Visiting Napili Beach and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ho'okipa Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lahaina: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului), Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park II & Kamaole Beach Park III) and Wailea (Makena Beach & Maluaka Beach). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kapalua Coastal Trail, stop by Lahaina Front Street, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Maui Ocean Center, and walk around Lahaina Banyan Court.

Plan my day in Lahaina using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Honolulu to Lahaina by flight takes about 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Francisco.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Point Reyes Safaris. Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Francisco: Inglenook (in Rutherford), Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga) and St. Helena (V. Sattui Winery & Charles Krug Winery). There's much more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through Chinatown, get curious at Exploratorium, and contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien.

Plan my San Francisco trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Fly from Lahaina to San Francisco in 9.5 hours. Traveling from Lahaina to San Francisco, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, San Francisco is slightly colder than Lahaina - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wineries

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 2nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Zion National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Zion National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Zion National Park, with lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Step out of the city life by going to Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Montezuma Castle National Monument. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, trek along Broken Arrow Trail, stroll through Boynton Canyon Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Red Rock State Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona vacation planning app.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in March since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and then contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe day trip planning site.

You can drive from Sedona to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in March, expect Santa Fe to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mission San Jose and The Alamo are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mission Concepcion and Wine Tours & Tastings. Change things up with these side-trips from San Antonio: Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & Grape Creek Vineyards). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, make a trip to La Villita Historic Arts Village, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and take in the history at Mission Espada.

Plan a San Antonio trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to San Antonio takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Santa Fe in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in San Antonio, with highs around 28°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, then pedal to the sights with Bike and Brew ATX, and then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin attractions planner.

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, daytime highs in Austin are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Natchez.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary Basilica, contemplate the long history of Longwood, then steep yourself in history at Stanton Hall, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Natchez National Cemetery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Natchez route planner.

Getting from Austin to Natchez by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Austin in March, with highs in Natchez at 24°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to New Orleans.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites

New Orleans

— 5 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Louis Cathedral and Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site. Visit Royal Street and Oak Alley Plantation for their historical value. When in New Orleans, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell, approximately Slidell away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Lake Lawn Metairie, appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, make a trip to Jackson Square, and contemplate the long history of Our Sacred Stories.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Natchez to New Orleans takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Natchez in March, expect nights in New Orleans to be a bit warmer, around 19°C, while days are little chillier, around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Gulf Shores.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gulf Shores

— 2 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the galleries of Battleship USS ALABAMA and then kick back and relax at Gulf State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at FORT MORGAN HISTORIC SITE and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gulf Shores holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from New Orleans to Gulf Shores takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from New Orleans in March, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Gulf Shores: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors · Beaches · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Key West

— 5 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.
Fort Zachary Taylor and Saint Mary Star of the Sea will appeal to history buffs. Visiting The Overseas Highway and Dolphin Research Center will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key West: Big Pine Key (National Key Deer Refuge & Bahia Honda State Park), Islamorada Brewery & Distillery (in Islamorada) and Marathon (Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Fishing Charters & Tours, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Truman Little White House, enjoy the sea views from Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Key West Cemetery, and go for a walk through Key West Garden Club.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Key West online attractions planner.

You can fly from Gulf Shores to Key West in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gulf Shores to Key West, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gulf Shores in March; daily highs in Key West reach 30°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Orlando

— 5 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at The Dali Museum and Cape Canavarel National Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Augustine Beach and Wild Florida Airboats. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Orlando: Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (in Homosassa Springs), Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center (in Apollo Beach) and Three Sisters Springs (in Crystal River). There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, look for gifts at Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, deepen your understanding at Flagler College, and sample the fine beverages at St. Augustine Distillery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Orlando visit planning site.

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 March, plan for slightly colder nights in Orlando, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Orlando

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Saint Louis Art Museum, examine the collection at City Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

To see photos and more tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Saint Louis in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Saint Louis. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Orlando in April: high temperatures in Saint Louis hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 4 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Visit Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Carter House. And it doesn't end there: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Saint Louis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Saint Louis in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · 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.

Hawaii travel guide

4.4
Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Zipline
The Aloha State
An archipelago of hundreds of volcanic islands located in a geological hot spot in the middle of Pacific, Hawaii offers diverse natural scenery and a warm tropical climate. The six major islands open to tourism draw visitors with their sun-drenched public beaches and craggy natural trails. Thanks to their mid-Pacific location, the islands boast a vibrant native culture influenced by both North America and Asia. You can spend your vacation basking in the modern comforts of the big hotels, but to experience the true spirit of these islands, remember that real Hawaiians live outdoors. Encounter nature by surfing, swimming, fishing, and picnicking, or join a guided tour across the ancient lava flows to the top of Hawaii's rugged volcanic peaks.

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.

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.

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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

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.

Missouri travel guide

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Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.