60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Seattle
— 6 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 10 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive
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Badlands National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ludington
— 2 nights
Drive
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Empire
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munising
— 4 nights
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Drive to Newberry, MI, Bus to Mackinaw, Ferry to Mackinac Island
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Mackinac Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Mackinaw, Fly to New York City
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Ocean City
— 3 nights
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Atlanta
— 5 nights
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Austin
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Bus to Las Vegas, Fly to Sydney

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Seattle — 6 nights

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Family-friendly places like Hurricane Ridge and Space Needle will thrill your kids. Visiting Murhut Falls and Kalaloch Beach Trail 4 will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Seattle side-trips: Discover Nature (in Mount Rainier National Park) and Olympic National Park (Hood Canal & Mount Walker). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, examine the collection at The Museum of Flight, observe the fascinating underwater world at Seattle Aquarium, and look for gifts at Glasshouse Studio.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Seattle journey maker tool.

Sydney, Australia to Seattle is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 18 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in August, with highs in Seattle at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Yellowstone National Park — 10 nights

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Firehole Canyon Drive. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and S Rim Trail. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Fairy Falls, stroll through Natural Bridge Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Fountain Paint Pot, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Seattle, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Yellowstone National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.
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Find places to stay Aug 7 — 17:

Custer — 3 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Take a break from the city and head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park. Family-friendly places like Black Hills National Forest and Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Custer to Buffalo Gap to see Windcross Conservancy about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and make a trip to Brule.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer trip planner.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Custer in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August; daily highs in Custer reach 29°C and lows reach 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Badlands National Park.
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Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Badlands National Park — 3 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.
Attractions like Big Badlands Overlook and Yellow Mounds Overlook make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Badlands National Park and Badlands Wall will get you outdoors. There's more to do: cruise along Loop Road.

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Traveling by car from Custer to Badlands National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Badlands National Park: highs are around 36°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Ludington.
Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:

Ludington — 2 nights

Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. On the 24th (Wed), kick back and relax at Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access and then explore by horseback at Stony Lake Stables. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Stearns Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ludington day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Badlands National Park to Ludington takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, ferry, and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. When traveling from Badlands National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ludington: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Empire.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Trails
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Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:

Empire — 3 nights

Empire is a village in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. Escape the urban bustle at Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail and Mountain Ridge Course. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Empire Bluff Trail, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and kick back and relax at Lake Michigan Beach Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Empire online attractions planner.

You can drive from Ludington to Empire in 2 hours. August in Empire sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munising.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive
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Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:

Munising — 4 nights

Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Chapel Rock and Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Palms Book State Park and Sand Point Beach. When in Munising, make a side trip to see Kitch-Iti-Kipi (The Big Spring) in Manistique, approximately Manistique away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Miners Castle Rock, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Munising trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Empire to Munising in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Munising are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mackinac Island.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 1:

Mackinac Island — 2 nights

Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. state of Michigan. On the 2nd (Fri), play a few rounds at Wawashkamo Golf Club, gear up at Mackinac Cycle, and then get a new perspective on things with Great Turtle Kayak Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Arch Rock and then admire the majestic nature at Mackinac Island State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mackinac Island day trip site.

Getting from Munising to Mackinac Island by combination of car, bus, and ferry takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and ferry. September in Mackinac Island sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to New York City.
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Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

New York City — 6 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Bring the kids along to Central Park and Empire State Building. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Coney Island (in Brooklyn) and Bronx Zoo (in Bronx). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, go for a walk through The High Line, admire all the interesting features of 9/11 Memorial, and find something for the whole family at Victorian Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Mackinac Island to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mackinac Island in September; daily highs in New York City reach 31°C and lows reach 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ocean City.
Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Ocean City — 3 nights

Ocean City is a city in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Black Pearl Pirate Excursion and EcoVentures. Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Pirate Adventures. Go for a jaunt from Ocean City to Oceanville to see Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the resident critters at Cape May County Park & Zoo.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ocean City online visit planner.

Traveling by car from New York City to Ocean City takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Ocean City, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Atlanta.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Atlanta — 5 nights

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and North Georgia Canopy Tours will get you outdoors. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zipline and Georgia Aquarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Atlanta: Build an Ark Animal Rescue (in Ellijay), Don Carter State Park (in Gainesville) and Pine Mountain Recreation Area (in Cartersville). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Stone Mountain Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Atlanta attractions planner.

You can fly from Ocean City to Atlanta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Atlanta when traveling from Ocean City in September, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
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Find places to stay Sep 12 — 17:

Austin — 3 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Visiting Barton Springs Pool and Barton Creek Greenbelt will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail and McKinney Falls State Park. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, stop by Waterloo Records, don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching, and get a new perspective on nature at Texas Memorial Museum.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Austin road trip planner.

You can fly from Atlanta to Austin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Austin is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Atlanta in September, expect nights in Austin to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

Grand Canyon National Park — 7 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and North Kaibab Trail. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. The adventure continues: hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Lookout Studio, take a memorable drive along Cape Royal, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Start your trip to Grand Canyon National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Austin to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Austin to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Austin, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 27:

United States travel guide

4.5
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.

South Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Michigan travel guide

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Great Lakes State
A state inextricably tied to its waterways, Michigan does water activities better than almost any other place in the country. Things to do in the state include numerous opportunities to swim, fish, sail, motorboat, and canoe. The country's only state to stretch over two peninsulas, Michigan features a long freshwater coastline. In a land of nearly 65,000 inland lakes and ponds, you can never be too far from a natural water source. Michigan's major claim to fame is its status as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, with the Detroit metropolitan area housing the country's three major car manufacturers. The city is also a major center of culture, the birthplace of the Motown Sound, and the home of several museums and other tourist attractions. Farther from the big urban centers, Michigan offers visitors a world of apple and cherry orchards, rustic villages, and picturesque vineyards.

New Jersey travel guide

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The Garden State
Often overshadowed by its legendary neighbor, New York, New Jersey holds its own as a land of thriving industrial cities, sprawling farmland, and lively coastal towns. Called the Garden State, New Jersey is a hub of entertainment and cultural attractions for the east coast, from the famous sandy beaches and carnival-like atmosphere of the Jersey Shore to alluring Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east. New Jersey also boasts a wealth of historical places to visit, including battle sites and memorials, such as George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters.

Texas travel guide

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The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.