17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Custer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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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.
On the 30th (Fri), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, hike 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 contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Custer trip itinerary maker tool.

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. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Custer due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in Custer to be colder, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley, and then explore the striking landscape of Lake Butte Overlook.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Custer to Yellowstone National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Custer in September: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 60°F and lows are around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get great views at Independence Pass and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planner.

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough 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.
On the 6th (Fri), look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and finally hike along Park Avenue Trail. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Potash Road, don't miss a visit to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Moab online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Moab at 84°F and lows at 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can 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 8th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Maricopa Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then stop by Lookout Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally walk around Indian Garden. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then trek along Rim Trail.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park holiday builder site.

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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Moab in September: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 75°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.
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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.
On the 10th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg by combination of bus and flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Gatlinburg: highs are around 83°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to 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 12th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then kick back and relax at Burkes Beach, and finally stroll through Folly Field Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally kick back and relax at Driessen Beach Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hilton Head online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hilton Head, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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