26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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San Jose
— 1 day
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Reno
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Island Park
— 1 night
Drive
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West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buffalo
— 1 night
Drive to Sheridan County Airport, Fly to Minneapolis
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Minneapolis
— 1 night
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Green Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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South Bend
— 1 day
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Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
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Elizabeth
— 1 night
Drive
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Queens
— 3 nights
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Pittsburgh
— 1 night
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Cincinnati
— 2 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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San Jose

— 1 day

Capital of Silicon Valley

The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Center for Spiritual Enlightenment and then do a tasting at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planning app.

San Diego to San Jose is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Diego in September, San Jose is a bit cooler at night with lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Reno.

Things to do in San Jose

Wineries
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Reno

— 1 night

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
On the 6th (Mon), stop by Dorinda's Chocolates, then don't miss a visit to Reno Arch, then delve into the mystery of Reno Air Racing Association, and finally see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum.

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

Getting from San Jose to Reno by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reno when traveling from San Jose in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Reno

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): hike along Mount Olympus Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Joseph Smith Memorial Building, make a trip to Temple Square, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Reno to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Reno in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salt Lake City, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Island Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Island Park

— 1 night
Island Park is a city in Fremont County, Idaho, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Big Springs, make a trip to Johnny Sack Cabin, and then admire the majestic nature at Harriman State Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Island Park trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Island Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Island Park, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Island Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:

West Yellowstone

— 3 nights
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around West Yellowstone: Yellowstone National Park (Lookout Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, cast your line with a fishing tour, and find something for the whole family at Yellowstone Big Gun Fun.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read West Yellowstone trip itinerary planner.

West Yellowstone is just a stone's throw from Island Park. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in September, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Buffalo

— 1 night
Buffalo is a city in Johnson County, Wyoming, United States. On the 13th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Buffalo sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Buffalo by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Buffalo hover around 74°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Minneapolis.

Things to do in Buffalo

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Minneapolis

— 1 night

The City of Lakes

Located on both banks of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis salutes the state's love of the outdoors with numerous lakes, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls--many connected to one another by a national scenic byway great for sightseeing.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Park, don't miss a visit to Minnehaha Falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chain of Lakes.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Minneapolis route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buffalo to Minneapolis. The time zone difference when traveling from Buffalo to Minneapolis is 1 hour. Traveling from Buffalo in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Minneapolis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Green Bay.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

Green Bay

— 2 nights

Home of the Packers

Home of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay centers around sports and is home to hundreds of notable football icons, including Brett Favre and Curly Lambeau.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame and then get outside with Green Bay Bullfrogs Baseball.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Green Bay tour planner.

You can fly from Minneapolis to Green Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Green Bay when traveling from Minneapolis in September, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to South Bend.

Things to do in Green Bay

Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
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South Bend

— 1 day
South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Notre Dame, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our South Bend itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Green Bay to South Bend takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Green Bay to South Bend is 1 hour. In September in South Bend, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in South Bend

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 17:

Niagara Falls

— 3 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Niagara Falls is known for nature, casinos, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, and hike along Niagara Wine Trail USA.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from South Bend to Niagara Falls takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Niagara Falls, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to fly to Elizabeth.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Elizabeth

— 1 night
Elizabeth is both the largest city and the county seat of Union County, in New Jersey, United States. On the 20th (Mon), stroll around Warinanco Park and then take an in-depth tour of Boxwood Hall.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Elizabeth trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Elizabeth takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Elizabeth, with lows around 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Queens.

Things to do in Elizabeth

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:

Queens

— 3 nights
Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. Change things up with these side-trips from Queens: New York City (Times Square, Central Park, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, immerse yourself in nature at Gantry Plaza State Park, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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

You can drive from Elizabeth to Queens in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and subway. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can fly to Pittsburgh.

Things to do in Queens

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:

Pittsburgh

— 1 night

City of Bridges

Known primarily for its steel-related heritage and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, which meet to form the Ohio River.
On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Bicycle Heaven, then see the interesting displays at Johnny Angel's Ginchy Stuff and Music Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pittsburgh visit planner.

You can fly from Queens to Pittsburgh in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Queens in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 57°F in Pittsburgh. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cincinnati.

Things to do in Pittsburgh

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

Cincinnati

— 2 nights

The Queen of the West

Situated on the north bank of the Ohio River, Cincinnati distinguished itself as the only U.S. city that left a favorable impression on one of its most famous 19th-century visitors, English author Charles Dickens.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Greater Cincinnati Police Museum, and then walk around Smale Riverfront Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, then admire the masterpieces at Taft Museum of Art, then stroll the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and finally snap pictures at Roebling Suspension Bridge.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cincinnati route planner.

You can drive from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Cincinnati can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Cincinnati

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): trek along Tall Man's Misery, trek along Fat Man's Misery, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Green River, contemplate the waterfront views at Echo River, and then Head underground at Mammoth Cave.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mammoth Cave National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Cincinnati to Mammoth Cave National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cincinnati to Mammoth Cave National Park. In September, daytime highs in Mammoth Cave National Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 28:

Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then don't miss a visit to Graceland. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mammoth Cave National Park to Memphis takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park in September, expect Memphis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

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.