53 days in United States Itinerary

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Atlantic City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Aspen
— 6 nights
Drive
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Aztec
— 4 nights
Drive
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Apache Junction
— 5 nights
Fly to Los Angeles, Ferry to Avalon
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Avalon
— 3 nights
Ferry to Long Beach, Tram to Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
— 8 nights
Fly to Ketchikan, Ferry to Ketchikan
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Ketchikan
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ketchikan, Fly to Sitka
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Sitka
— 1 night
Fly to Juneau, Foot to Juneau
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Juneau
— 3 nights
Fly
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Skagway
— 2 nights
Fly
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Anchorage
— 3 nights
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Seward
— 2 nights
Drive
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Homer
— 2 nights
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Fly to Anchorage, Bus to C Street & 7Th Avenue Ssw, Train to Denali National Park and Preserve
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Denali National Park and Preserve
— 2 nights
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Fairbanks
— 2 nights
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Atlantic City — 6 nights

America's Favorite Playground

The gambling capital of the east coast, Atlantic City is best known for its numerous casinos, colorful boardwalk, and beach.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jersey Shore Alpacas and Barnegat Lighthouse State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape May (Food Tours, Cape May Lighthouse, &more), Viking Village, Inc. (in Barnegat Light) and Beach Haven (Black Pearl Pirate Tours & Thundering Surf Waterpark). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at North Wildwood Beach, sample the tasty concoctions at Cape May Brewing Company, contemplate the long history of Lucy the Elephant, and explore and take pictures at Belmar Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Atlantic City online trip builder.

New York City to Atlantic City is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Atlantic City, with lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Aspen.
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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Aspen — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountains and Hanging Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Vail (Betty Ford Alpine Gardens & Vail Valley), Glenwood Springs (Horseback Riding Tours, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, &more) and Beaver Creek Ski Area (in Beaver Creek). There's much more to do: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Buckskin Pass, and contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip maker.

Getting from Atlantic City to Aspen by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlantic City to Aspen is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlantic City in August, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aztec.
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Aztec — 4 nights

Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Long House and Navajo Lake State Park (Pine). Get out of town with these interesting Aztec side-trips: Wines of the San Juan (in Blanco), Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi) and Angel Peak (in Bloomfield). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, walk around Navajo State Park, make a trip to Aztec Sandstone Arches, and explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aztec tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Aspen to Aztec in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Aspen in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aztec: highs are around 88°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Apache Junction.
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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Apache Junction — 5 nights

Apache Junction is a city in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mogollon Rim and Apache Trail Scenic Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Apache Junction side-trips: Picacho (Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch & Hunter Trail), Tonto Natural Bridge State Park (in Payson) and Biosphere 2 (in Oracle). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, take in breathtaking views at Peralta Canyon, contemplate the waterfront views at Salt River Canyon Wilderness, and identify plant and animal life at Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Apache Junction trip planner.

You can drive from Aztec to Apache Junction in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aztec in August: high temperatures in Apache Junction hover around 100°F and lows are around 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Avalon.
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Avalon — 3 nights

Avalon is the only incorporated city on Santa Catalina Island of the California Channel Islands, and the southernmost city in Los Angeles County. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Catalina Island Museum and Spas. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Airport in the Sky, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, hike along Hermit Gulch Trail Loop, and stroll through Trans-Catalina Trail.

Before you visit Avalon, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Apache Junction to Avalon by combination of flight and ferry takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, tram, and ferry; or do a combination of bus, tram, and ferry. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Apache Junction in August, plan for much colder days in Avalon, with highs around 78°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Del Mar Race Track and Carpinteria State Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Los Angeles side-trips: Santa Monica (Ocean Avenue, 26-Mile Bike Path, &more), Manhattan Beach (Live Oak Park & Manhattan Beach) and Coronado Beach (in Coronado). There's still lots to do: stroll around Shoreline Park, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Bowl Museum, kick back and relax at Crystal Cove, and see some colorful creatures with Calboat Diving - Spectre Dive Boat.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and tram from Avalon to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Avalon in August, you will find days in Los Angeles are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (66°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Ketchikan.
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Ketchikan — 3 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

The narrow city of Ketchikan clings to the bluffs that form Revillagigedo Island's southwestern shore.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Potlatch Totem Park and Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Spend the 3rd (Sat) on the water with a fishing tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Totem Heritage Center, explore the striking landscape at Misty Fjords National Monument, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Creek Street.

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Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Los Angeles to Ketchikan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Ketchikan: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sitka.
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Sitka — 1 night

The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. On the 6th (Tue), get to know the resident critters at Fortress of the Bear, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then get to know the fascinating history of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sitka trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Ketchikan to Sitka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In September, daytime highs in Sitka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Juneau.
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Juneau — 3 nights

America's Largest Capital Area

Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure and Inside Passage. Spend the 8th (Thu) exploring at Tracy Arm Fjord. There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Nugget Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mendenhall Glacier.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Juneau trip planning website.

You can fly from Sitka to Juneau in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Skagway.
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Skagway — 2 nights

The Municipality and Borough of Skagway is a first-class borough in Alaska on the Alaska Panhandle. On the 10th (Sat), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Jewell Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gold Rush Cemetery, and finally look for gifts at Skagway Alaska Downtown. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Onion Saloon Brothel Museum, steep yourself in history at State Street and Broadway Street, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point Wilderness Safari.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Skagway trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Juneau to Skagway in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Anchorage.
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Anchorage — 3 nights

The City of Lights and Flowers

Home to nearly half of Alaska's population, the port city of Anchorage covers a staggering area of over 4,900 sq km (1,900 sq mi) surrounded by mountains.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cook Inlet and Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Step out of Anchorage with an excursion to Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whittier--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Portage Glacier, examine the collection at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Anchorage day trip app.

You can fly from Skagway to Anchorage in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Anchorage can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Seward.
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Seward — 2 nights

Alaska Starts Here

For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Alaska SeaLife Center, then explore the activities along Resurrection Bay, and finally explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier. Keep things going the next day: see the world from above with a helicopter tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Seward online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Anchorage to Seward in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Homer.
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Homer — 2 nights

Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get your bearings at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then grab your bike and head to Homer Spit, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Pratt Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Homer trip planner.

Traveling by car from Seward to Homer takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In September in Homer, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Denali National Park and Preserve.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

Denali National Park and Preserve — 2 nights

The 2.43 million hectares (6 million acres) of Denali National Park include low taiga forest, high-alpine tundra, and snowcapped mountains, all of which lead up to Mt.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Denali and then identify plant and animal life at Husky Homestead.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Denali National Park and Preserve trip builder site.

You can do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Homer to Denali National Park and Preserve in 8.5 hours. In September in Denali National Park and Preserve, expect temperatures between 55°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Fairbanks.
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Fairbanks — 2 nights

The Golden Heart City

With its strip malls and fast-food restaurants, Fairbanks appears a bit functional on first glance.
On the 21st (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, then examine the collection at Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with University of Alaska Museum of the North, and finally don't miss a visit to Alyeska Pipeline Viewing Point.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fairbanks route planner.

You can fly from Denali National Park and Preserve to Fairbanks in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:

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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Alaska travel guide

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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.
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