40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Pigeon Forge
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Hilton Head
— 2 nights
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Washington DC
— 3 nights
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New York City
— 3 nights
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Custer
— 2 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 5 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
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Yosemite National Park — 4 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite Falls and Tioga Pass. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, trek along Tuolumne Meadows, take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Dome.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip builder site.

Melbourne, Australia to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Melbourne to Yosemite National Park. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in September: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): hike along Rim Trail and then surround yourself with nature on Grand Canyon Mule Tours by Xanterra. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bright Angel Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pigeon Forge.
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Pigeon Forge — 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome. Take a break from the city and head to Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, and get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge road trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Pigeon Forge in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Pigeon Forge reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Hilton Head.
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Hilton Head — 2 nights

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Pines Forest Preserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Coligny Beach, and then hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Coastal Discovery Museum, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head day trip planning app.

You can fly from Pigeon Forge to Hilton Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Washington DC.
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Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and National Gallery of Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arlington National Cemetery and Washington Monument. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and get a sense of history and politics at White House.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Washington DC route maker website.

Traveling by flight from Hilton Head to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Hilton Head in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 21°C in Washington DC. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to fly to New York City.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:

New York City — 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore and learn at 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, make a trip to Rockefeller Center, and go for a walk through Times Square.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to New York City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 20th (Wed), cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, then admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then cruise along Iron Mountain Road, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Black Elk Peak, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from New York City to Custer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for slightly colder days in Custer, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Yellowstone National Park — 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Faithful and Uncle Tom's Trail. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Mystic Falls Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Custer in September, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 18°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kailua-Kona.
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii — 4 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Akaka Falls State Park and Punalu‘U Beach. Get some historical perspective at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Puukohola National Historic Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kailua-Kona side-trips: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area (in Puako), Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (in Papaikou) and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach (in Naalehu). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay).

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Kailua-Kona in 11 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September; daily highs in Kailua-Kona reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lahaina.
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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.
Relax by the water at Napili Beach and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Bring the kids along to Scuba & Snorkeling and Kapalua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Wailea (Wailea Beach & Makena Beach) and Iao Valley (in Wailuku). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Honolua Bay, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stroll through Kapalua Coastal Trail, and visit Lahaina Front Street.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lahaina route planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 2.5 hours. October in Lahaina sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Honolulu.
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Honolulu, Oahu — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace, don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial, then enjoy the sand and surf at Lanikai Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Honolulu trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Lahaina to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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