46 days in Continental USA Itinerary

46 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA tour planner
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 4 nights
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Koloa, Kauai
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 5 nights
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Sedona — 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bell Rock and Red Rock State Park. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and Oak Creek Canyon. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde, approximately Camp Verde away. There's still lots to do: trek along Airport Mesa, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Bridge Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Sedona is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Sedona is minus 17 hours. In October, Sedona is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Bandelier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Get a sense of the local culture at Loretto Chapel and The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, wander the streets of Canyon Road, and examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip site.

You can fly from Sedona to Santa Fe in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in October: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 24°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Nashville.
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Nashville — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and RCA Studio B. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lotz House Museum and Nashville Parthenon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Franklin (Carter House & Carnton). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Franklin, visit Downtown Nashville, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Nashville in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Santa Fe to Nashville is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Santa Fe in October, with highs in Nashville at 28°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cades Cove and Roaring Fork. Visiting Clingmans Dome and Tuckaleechee Caverns will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Bryson City) and Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville). There's still lots to do: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online travel 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. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Charleston.
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Charleston — 2 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Joe Riley Waterfront Park, steep yourself in history at Fort Sumter National Monument, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at Patriots Point and then contemplate the long history of Boone Hall Plantation.

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Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Charleston takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Charleston, with lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Newport.
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Newport — 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Lizzie Borden House, see the interesting displays at The Elms, and then take a memorable drive along Ocean Drive Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Breakers and then get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Newport trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Charleston to Newport in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Charleston in October, expect Newport to be a bit cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can fly to Custer.
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Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wildlife Loop Road and Sylvan Lake. Step out of the city life by going to Badlands National Park and Custer State Park. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Hot Springs to see The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road and explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel.

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Fly from Newport to Custer in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Newport in October, things will get slightly colder in Custer: highs are around 16°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

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

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Custer - with highs of 9°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Moab.
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Moab — 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Canyonlands National Park and Delicate Arch. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Moab sightseeing planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Moab by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. While traveling from Yellowstone National Park, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Moab, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lahaina.
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Lahaina, Maui — 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Napili Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Honolua Bay and Kapalua Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Lahaina side-trips: Helicopter Tours (in Kahului), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Wailuku) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Lahaina Front Street, observe the fascinating underwater world at Maui Ocean Center, and stroll around Lahaina Banyan Court.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lahaina online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Lahaina takes 11 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Moab in October, expect nights in Lahaina to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fishing Charters & Tours and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. Get outdoors at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kanaloa Octopus Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kailua-Kona: Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden (in Papaikou) and Hilo (Akaka Falls State Park & Rainbow Falls). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay), take a memorable drive along Saddle Road, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kailua-Kona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Lahaina to Kailua-Kona in 2.5 hours. November in Kailua-Kona sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly to Koloa.
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Koloa, Kauai — 4 nights

Kōloa is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Na Pali Coast State Park and Wailua Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Kalalau Trail and Poipu Beach Park. Get out of town with these interesting Koloa side-trips: Kayaking & Canoeing (in Kapaa), Hanalei Beach (in Hanalei) and Waimea Canyon State Park (in Waimea). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, stroll around Lydgate State Park, kick back and relax at Shipwreck Beach, and take in the dramatic natural features at Spouting Horn.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Koloa trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Koloa takes 2.5 hours. November in Koloa sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Honolulu.
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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and Waimea Valley. You'll explore and learn at Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Haleiwa (Shark Diving & Waimea Bay). There's lots more to do: hike along Koko Crater Railway Trail, contemplate the long history of Battleship Missouri Memorial, appreciate the extensive heritage of Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu online travel route builder.

Fly from Koloa to Honolulu in 2.5 hours. November in Honolulu sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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