17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Drive
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Custer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Gatlinburg
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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Fly
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Hilton Head
— 2 nights
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Custer — 2 nights

Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Iron Mountain Road, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sunday Gulch Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, trek along Little Devil's Tower Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Custer journey planner.

Washington DC to Custer is an approximately 27-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Washington DC to Custer, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington DC in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Custer, with highs around 71°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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 4th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Yellowstone National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in September, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 60°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Aspen.
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Aspen — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): cruise along Independence Pass and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Aspen: highs are around 72°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Moab.
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Moab — 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Avenue Trail, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and finally look and learn at RedRock Astronomy. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Grandstaff Canyon Trail, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shafer Trail, and finally cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moab online vacation planner.

Getting from Aspen to Moab by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 84°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Indian Garden, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, then admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, and finally examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then hike along Rim Trail.

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Getting from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 9 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 75°F and lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Gatlinburg — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Keep things going the next day: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns, then explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Gatlinburg hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): race across the water with a speed boat tour, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Burkes Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Field Beach Park. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Driessen Beach Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hilton Head itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Gatlinburg in September since evenings lows in Hilton Head dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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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