60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Galveston, Galveston Island
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 4 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 2 nights
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Dodge City
— 1 night
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Buena Vista
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Buena Vista
— 3 nights
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Durango
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Merced, Fly to Honolulu
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 4 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
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Anchorage
— 1 night
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Juneau
— 2 nights
Fly to Seattle, Bus to Olympic National Park
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Olympic National Park
— 1 night
Bus to Seattle, Fly to Kalispell
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Glacier National Park
— 1 day
Fly to Portland, Bus to Newport
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Arco
— 1 day
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Galveston, Galveston Island

— 2 nights

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Galveston Historic Seaport - Home of the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galveston itinerary maker app.

Newark to Galveston is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Galveston is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in May; daily highs in Galveston reach 82°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in Galveston

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Austin

— 4 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Escape the urban bustle at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Barton Springs Pool. Museum-lovers will appreciate George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and National Museum of the Pacific War. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: Fredericksburg (Wildseed Farms, Grape Creek Vineyards, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Mount Bonnell, take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, and hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Austin road trip planning site.

Getting from Galveston to Austin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Galveston in May since evenings lows in Austin dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Austin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Oklahoma City

— 2 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and then take a stroll through Bricktown.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Oklahoma City tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Oklahoma City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Austin in May, expect Oklahoma City to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dodge City.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Parks

Dodge City

— 1 night
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. On the 12th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Trail Tracks, then get engrossed in the history at Kansas Teachers' Hall of Fame, and then take an in-depth tour of Boot Hill Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dodge City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oklahoma City to Dodge City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Oklahoma City in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dodge City, with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Dodge City

Museums · Historic Sites

Buena Vista

— 3 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Independence Pass. Escape the urban bustle at Sheep Creek Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Agnes Vaille Waterfall and see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista visit planner.

Explore your travel options from Dodge City to Buena Vista with the Route module. Traveling from Dodge City to Buena Vista, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dodge City in May: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 62°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Durango

— 4 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cliff Palace and Balcony House. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Historic Downtown Durango. Change things up with these side-trips from Durango: Pagosa Springs (Spas & Treasure Falls), Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and Nordenskiold #16 Trail (in Mesa Verde National Park). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get outside with Hassle Free Sports, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durango trip website.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Plaza. Visiting Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Bandelier National Monument will get you outdoors. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Taos (Millicent Rogers Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

Make your Santa Fe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Durango to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Durango in May since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some cultural insight at Montezuma Castle National Monument and Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro. Get outdoors at Red Rock State Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: trek along Broken Arrow Trail, take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sedona trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sedona, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Discover out-of-the-way places like South Kaibab Trail and Off-Road Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park route maker app.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Counts Kustoms and Bodies The Exhibition. Museum-lovers will appreciate The National Atomic Testing Museum and Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas. Step out of Las Vegas to go to Overton and see Valley of Fire State Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by The LINQ Promenade, don't miss a visit to Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign, try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: highs in Las Vegas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Mariposa Grove and Bridalveil Fall. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, and get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, things will get much colder in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Honolulu, Oahu

— 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ala Moana Beach Park and Kapiolani Regional Park. Byodo-In Temple and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Sharks Cove (in Pupukea), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Haleiwa (Shark Diving, Waimea Valley, &more). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Halona Blowhole, contemplate the long history of Iolani Palace, stroll the grounds of National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, and examine the collection at Bishop Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Honolulu route planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Yosemite National Park to Honolulu in 13.5 hours. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Yosemite National Park to Honolulu due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, expect nights in Honolulu to be much hotter, around 74°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Wailea Beach and Makena Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park II & Kamaole Beach Park III). There's much more to do: trek along Kapalua Coastal Trail, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napili Beach, and take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Honolulu to Lahaina in 4 hours. In June in Lahaina, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anchorage.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Anchorage

— 1 night

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
On the 16th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Portage Glacier and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Anchorage trip planner.

Getting from Lahaina to Anchorage by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lahaina to Anchorage. While traveling from Lahaina, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Anchorage, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Anchorage

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Juneau

— 2 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours and then admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Last Chance Mining Museum and then explore the activities along Tracy Arm Fjord.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Juneau travel route planning website.

Traveling by flight from Anchorage to Juneau takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In June, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Olympic National Park.

Things to do in Juneau

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Olympic National Park

— 1 night
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Hurricane Ridge. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ruby Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Olympic National Park road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Juneau to Olympic National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Logan Pass and then cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Glacier National Park road trip site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Glacier National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Olympic National Park to Glacier National Park. When traveling from Olympic National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Parks

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Heceta Head Lighthouse. Visiting Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and Cape Perpetua Visitor Center - Siuslaw National Forest will get you outdoors. When in Newport, make a side trip to see Yachats coastline in Yachats, approximately Yachats away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nye Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Newport's Historic Bayfront, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Glacier National Park to Newport in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Glacier National Park to Newport is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in June: highs in Newport hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arco.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arco

— 1 day
Arco is a city in Butte County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arco visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Newport to Arco. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Newport to Arco due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newport in June, you will find days in Arco are somewhat warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (47°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Arco

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 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 out of the city life by going to Upper Geyser Basin and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Norris Geyser Basin and Beartooth Hwy. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Arco to Yellowstone National Park in 5 hours. In June, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Arco - with highs of 66°F and lows of 34°F. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

4
Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska travel guide

4.6
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Geologic Formations · Wildlife Areas
The Last Frontier
The country's largest state, Alaska is also its least densely populated. America's final frontier, the state lies on the Arctic Circle and features some of the highest mountains in the United States. Today, several million people flock annually to the state's pristine wilderness areas, which shelter a diverse plant and animal life and offer a great selection of things to do. Tailor-made for adventurous types wishing to leave civilization behind, Alaska can also be an extremely expensive vacation destination, with few transportation options and much of its land accessible only by plane or helicopter.

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.

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

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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

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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.

Wyoming travel guide

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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.