17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner
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Drive
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Custer
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
5
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 28th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Devil's Tower Trail, 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 reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Custer trip builder.

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. While traveling from Washington DC, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Custer, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) 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.
On the 31st (Sat), 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 take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, then take a memorable drive along Lamar Valley, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip maker.

Fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer in August, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), cruise along Independence Pass and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rio Grande Trail, then see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect Aspen to be somewhat warmer, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) 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 4th (Wed): look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, take a memorable tour with Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and finally stroll through Park Avenue Trail. On your second day here, take a memorable drive along Potash Road, then make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Moab road trip website.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time 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.
On the 6th (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Maricopa Point, stop by Lookout Studio, then see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally walk around Indian Garden. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at 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. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moab in September; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 75°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On your second day here, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, then take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to fly 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.
On the 10th (Tue), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, 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 kick back and relax at Folly Field Beach Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Tours, then trek 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 find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Hilton Head trip planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Hilton Head, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can fly back home.
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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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