60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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Los Angeles
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Sedona
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Santa Fe
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Montgomery
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Nashville
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Gatlinburg
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Williamsburg
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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Baltimore
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Philadelphia
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Savannah
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Key West
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Orlando
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New Orleans
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Natchez
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Las Vegas
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San Francisco
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Lahaina, Maui
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Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get a sense of the local culture at Santa Monica Pier and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica State Beach and Will Rogers State Beach. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Getty Center, look and learn at Griffith Observatory, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and immerse yourself in nature at Royal Palms State Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Los Angeles day trip planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Los Angeles is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 17.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Adelaide in May, with highs in Los Angeles at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel of the Holy Cross and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. Escape the urban bustle at Broken Arrow Trail and Doe Mountain Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale (about 32 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Mountain Trail, and take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sedona online vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Sedona, with lows of 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then trek along Canyon Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, take a stroll through Canyon Road, and then get impressive views of Jemez Mountains.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe holiday app.

Getting from Sedona to Santa Fe by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sedona in May, with highs in Santa Fe at 26°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Montgomery.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Montgomery

— 1 night
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Old Live Oak Cemetery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and then get engrossed in the history at Legacy Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Montgomery road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Montgomery takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santa Fe to Montgomery due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in May; daily highs in Montgomery reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nashville

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown). On the next day, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville and then steep yourself in history at Cragfont State Historic Site.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville travel route planner.

Getting from Montgomery to Nashville by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to Chimneys Picnic Area and Roaring Fork. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Williamsburg.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Williamsburg

— 2 nights

Colonial Capital

Founded in 1632 as a fortified settlement on the high ground between two rivers, Williamsburg served as a colonial capital of Virginia for over 80 years.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Colonial Williamsburg and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Luke's Historic Church & Museum. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Colonial National Historical Park and then contemplate the long history of Historic Jamestowne.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Williamsburg day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Williamsburg takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Washington DC.

Things to do in Williamsburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Washington DC

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Antietam National Battlefield. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Gallery of Art and Washington National Cathedral. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Washington DC driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Williamsburg to Washington DC in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Washington DC can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Baltimore.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Baltimore

— 1 night

City of Firsts

A major center for tourism and travel, Baltimore is famous as the city where amateur poet Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics for the United States' national anthem.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and then sample the fine beverages at Sagamore Spirit Distillery.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Baltimore planning website.

Getting from Washington DC to Baltimore by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Baltimore

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Philadelphia

— 3 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Get some cultural insight at Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence Hall. Elfreth's Alley and Ephrata Cloister will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Philadelphia with a short trip to Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Barnes Foundation, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, take an in-depth tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, and hike along Kelly Drive.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Philadelphia road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Baltimore to Philadelphia in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. June in Philadelphia sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Savannah

— 3 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
Get a sense of the local culture at Savannah Historic District and Bonaventure Cemetery. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Savannah River Beach will get you outdoors. Take a break from Savannah with a short trip to Guido Gardens in Metter, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Webb Military Museum, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mickve Israel Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Savannah trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Philadelphia to Savannah takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in June since evenings lows in Savannah dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Key West.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bahia Honda State Park and Fort Zachary Taylor. Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Spend the 16th (Thu) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and take an in-depth tour of Truman Little White House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Savannah to Key West takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Savannah in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 30°C in Key West. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Orlando

— 3 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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make an unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World Resort, find something for the whole family at Universal's Islands of Adventure, test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Orlando, and laugh and play at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Orlando visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Orlando when traveling from Key West in June, with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trip

New Orleans

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Garden District and Jackson Square are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The National WWII Museum and St. Louis Cathedral. The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter, wander the streets of Royal Street, examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chalmette National Historical Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Orlando to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Orlando in June, expect nights in New Orleans to be somewhat warmer, around 33°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Natchez.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Natchez

— 1 night
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Longwood, then contemplate the long history of First Presbyterian Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Natchez trip builder tool.

You can drive from New Orleans to Natchez in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for little chillier nights in Natchez, with lows around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 3 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
The Alamo and National Museum of the Pacific War are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan. Step out of San Antonio to go to Fredericksburg and see Grape Creek Vineyards on Main, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and take in the history at Mission Espada.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the San Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Natchez to San Antonio in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Natchez in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in San Antonio: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Strip and The Neon Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas vacation planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Antonio to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 46°C by day to 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alcatraz Island and B Cellars Vineyards and Winery. Popular historic sites such as Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Modus Operandi Cellars in St. Helena (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of SS Jeremiah O'Brien, walk around Golden Gate Park, and wander the streets of Union Square.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in June; daily highs in San Francisco reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Lahaina, Maui

— 3 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 Hana Highway - Road to Hana and Wailea Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Ka'anapali Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. There's still lots to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, walk around Lahaina Banyan Court, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kapalua Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lahaina online day trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to Lahaina in 9.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lahaina. In July, Lahaina is a bit warmer than San Francisco - with highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 7 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate USS Arizona Memorial and Battleship Missouri Memorial. Get in touch with nature at Waikiki Beach and Swim with Dolphins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Pupukea (Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument & Ehukai Beach Park), Kailua (Kailua Beach Park & Lanikai Beach) and Sunset Beach Park (in Haleiwa). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Diamond Head State Monument, explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Bay Beach, and explore the different monuments and memorials at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Historic Sites
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.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.

Virginia travel guide

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

Maryland travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.

Pennsylvania travel guide

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

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

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.

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.

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.

Texas travel guide

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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.

Nevada travel guide

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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.

Hawaii travel guide

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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.