22 days in United States Itinerary

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Shenandoah National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Arches National Park
— 5 nights
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Olympic National Park
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Glacier National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
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Badlands National Park
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Shenandoah National Park — 1 night

Shenandoah National Park showcases a particularly scenic section of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hawksbill Mountain, then admire the sheer force of Dark Hollow Falls, and then hike along South River Falls Trail. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dean Cemetery, cruise along Skyline Drive, then trek along Old Rag Mountain Hike, and finally look for gifts at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Shenandoah National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Philadelphia to Shenandoah National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Arches National Park.
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Arches National Park — 5 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Delicate Arch, hike along Landscape Arch, make a trip to Partition Arch, and explore the striking landscape at Double Arch.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Arches National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Arches National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in May since evenings lows in Arches National Park dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moro Rock Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Giant Forest, and then don't miss a visit to General Sherman Tree.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Arches National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Arches National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in May, with highs in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park at 84°F and lows at 55°F. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Olympic National Park.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Hurricane Ridge and then delve into the lush surroundings at Olympic National Park. On the next day, trek along Sol Duc Falls and then take in the natural beauty of Sol Duc Hot Springs.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Olympic National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Olympic National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in May, expect nights in Olympic National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are cooler, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.
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Glacier National Park — 2 nights

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.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Avalanche Lake, trek along Swiftcurrent Falls, and get great views at Jackson Glacier Overlook.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park online vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Olympic National Park to Glacier National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Olympic National Park to Glacier National Park. Traveling from Olympic National Park in May, plan for little chillier nights in Glacier National Park, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 2 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.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately Grand Teton National Park away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park driving holiday planner.

Fly from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Glacier National Park in June: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 66°F and lows are around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Badlands National Park.
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Badlands National Park — 2 nights

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Badlands National Park. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Badlands National Park trip planning tool.

Fly from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, with highs in Badlands National Park at 83°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
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United States travel guide

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