60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Portland International Airport, Fly to Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field
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Boise
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, Drive to Abilene
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Abilene
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Dubuque
— 1 night
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Savannah
— 4 nights
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Orlando
— 5 nights
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Key West
— 4 nights
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Orange Beach
— 2 nights
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Lewes
— 1 night
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Mystic
— 2 nights
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Juneau
— 3 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
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San Francisco
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Boise

— 1 night

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. On the 1st (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Boise National Forest and then visit Hyde Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Hulls Gulch Nature Trail, and then stroll through Ridge to River Trail System.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Boise road trip planning site.

Harrisburg to Boise is an approximately 6-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Harrisburg in June, things will get a bit warmer in Boise: highs are around 85°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Los Angeles

— 4 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Let the collections at Petersen Automotive Museum and California Science Center capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Hollywood Bowl Museum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Boise to Los Angeles in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Boise in June: highs in Los Angeles hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Childrens Museums · Nightlife · Fun & Games

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Bright Angel Point. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and cruise along Cape Royal.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Los Angeles in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Sedona's New Day Spa has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek Canyon. Visiting Devil's Bridge Trail and Airport Mesa will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, hike along Broken Arrow Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sedona road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, expect nights in Sedona to be warmer, around 68°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Aspen

— 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Blue Sky Adventures has been added to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Springs, approximately Glenwood Springs away.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Aspen takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Sedona, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Abilene

— 1 night
Abilene is a city in and the county seat of Dickinson County, Kansas, United States. On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Seelye Mansion and then see the interesting displays at Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Abilene trip itinerary builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aspen to Abilene. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aspen to Abilene due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Abilene: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Abilene

Historic Sites · Museums

Eureka Springs

— 2 nights

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, pause for some photo ops at Christ of the Ozarks, and then identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then get engrossed in the history at The Walmart Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs tour planner.

Traveling by car from Abilene to Eureka Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Abilene in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Eureka Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dubuque.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 1 night
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ulysses S. Grant Home, sample the fine beverages at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co., and finally grab your bike and head to Heritage Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubuque online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Eureka Springs to Dubuque takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Eureka Springs in June: high temperatures in Dubuque hover around 79°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Chicago

— 3 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chicago Cultural Center and Ernest Hemingway Birthplace. You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Michigan, take a stroll through The Magnificent Mile, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, and explore the engaging exhibits at Chicago Children's Museum.

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Fly from Dubuque to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Chicago, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Eiteljorg Museum, see the interesting displays at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Chicago to Indianapolis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis due to the time zone difference. In June in Indianapolis, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Savannah.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Childrens Museums

Savannah

— 4 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
You've now added Savannah Saunter Walking Tour to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Driftwood Beach and Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Get some historical perspective at Bonaventure Cemetery and Mickve Israel Temple. When in Savannah, make a side trip to see Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum in Tybee Island, approximately Tybee Island away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Olde Pink House, take an in-depth tour of Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at First African Baptist Church.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Savannah trip planning site.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Savannah in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Savannah is somewhat warmer than Indianapolis - with highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beach at Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach. Get some cultural insight at Madame Tussauds Orlando and Stetson Mansion. Venture out of the city with trips to Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory (in Daytona Beach) and Blue Spring State Park (in Orange City). There's lots more to do: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Orlando, make a splash at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, discover the magic at Pandora – The World of Avatar, and observe the fascinating underwater world at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Orlando road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Savannah to Orlando takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In June in Orlando, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 73°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Blue Eyed Trader Private Charters as well as Ocean Wellness Spa & Salon. Step off the beaten path and head to Fort Zachary Taylor and Truman Little White House. Shop till you drop at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and 7 Artists & Friends Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Key West side-trips: Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key) and The Turtle Hospital (in Marathon). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along The Overseas Highway, visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

Find out how to plan Key West trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Orlando in July, with lows around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Orange Beach.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Orange Beach

— 2 nights
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Sail Wild Hearts has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Sail Wild Hearts and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gulf State Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Gulf State Park Fishing Pier.

To find out how to plan a trip to Orange Beach, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Orange Beach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Key West to Orange Beach due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Key West in July since evenings lows in Orange Beach dip to 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lewes.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Lewes

— 1 night
Lewes is an incorporated city on the Delaware Bay in eastern Sussex County, Delaware. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cape Henlopen State Park, kick back and relax at Lewes Beach, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Rehoboth.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lewes trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Orange Beach to Lewes takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Orange Beach to Lewes due to the time zone difference. In July in Lewes, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Mystic.

Things to do in Lewes

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Mystic

— 2 nights
A historical leading seaport, Mystic has maintained a strong respect for the past.
On the 12th (Sun), look and learn at Mystic Seaport Museum, snap pictures at Mystic River Bascule Bridge, and then kick back and relax at Pleasure Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Mystic visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lewes to Mystic takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Lewes in July, plan for little chillier days in Mystic, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Mystic

Outdoors · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Juneau

— 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Juneau Whale Watch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls and then identify plant and animal life at Juneau Whale Watch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Perseverance National Recreation Trail, get advice or help at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery.

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

You can fly from Mystic to Juneau in 15 hours. Traveling from Mystic to Juneau, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mystic in July: high temperatures in Juneau hover around 63°F and lows are around 52°F. On the 16th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Lahaina, Maui

— 5 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.
In2Scuba Diving Maui Dive Co. has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lahaina Front Street and Napili Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Ho'okipa Beach Park and Kapalua Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahaina: Wailea (Wailea Beach & Makena Beach) and Kihei (Kamaole Beach Park III & Kamaole Beach Park II). The adventure continues: hike along Kapalua Coastal Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at D.T. Fleming Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and explore the striking landscape at Nakalele Blowhole.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lahaina trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Juneau to Lahaina in 13 hours. The time zone changes from Alaska Standard Time (AKST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July, Lahaina is much warmer than Juneau - with highs of 86°F and lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mauna Loa Helicopter Tours as well as Island View Hawaii. Take a break from the city and head to Lanikai Beach and Sharks Cove. Explore hidden gems such as Iolani Palace and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. Step out of Honolulu to go to Pupukea and see Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, enjoy the sand and surf at Kapiolani Regional Park, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and explore the activities along Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Honolulu trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 4 hours. July in Honolulu sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

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 day by day itinerary now includes Tastebud Tours San Francisco Food Tours as well as Bay Voyager. Appreciate the collections at Walt Disney Family Museum and Asian Art Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Marin Headlands and California Academy of Sciences. And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Filbert Street Stairs, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Honolulu to San Francisco by flight takes about 8 hours. The time zone difference moving from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Honolulu in July; daily highs in San Francisco reach 73°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Idaho travel guide

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

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.

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.

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.

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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Art Museums · Historic Sites
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

Iowa travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."

Illinois travel guide

4.4
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.

Indiana travel guide

4.1
Casinos · Room Escape Games · Specialty Museums
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
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.

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.

Delaware travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Theme Parks · History Museums
The First State
Nicknamed the "First State" for its role in ratifying the U.S. Constitution, Delaware is only 160 km (100 mi) long and about 80 km (49 mi) wide at its widest point. Despite its small size, the state is a patchwork of complex and diverse communities, with an industrialized north and rural south. More than just a tax-free shopping haven, the state features great sightseeing in its picturesque countryside interspersed with sleepy colonial villages and long sandy beaches. It also offers several organized trail systems that focus on things to do in the outdoors, including history, geocaching, culinary activities, and wine and spirits. Largely because of its size, Delaware remains one of the country's least-explored states.

Connecticut travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Aquariums · Theaters
The Constitution State
Perhaps best known for its renowned private and public universities, Connecticut was once home to the country's first law school and still boasts one of the oldest secondary schools in America. More than just a small state packed with students, Connecticut offers visitors a chance to explore some of New England's finest tourist attractions while on vacation, including lighthouses, beaches, theaters, museums, galleries, and restaurants. Despite its small size, the state also boasts two large casino complexes, both located on Native American reservations. Rich in history and natural beauty, Connecticut draws newcomers from around the world, with large Polish, Chinese, and Hispanic communities.

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.

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.