17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then pause for some photo ops at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Breezy Point Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Little Devil's Tower Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Black Elk Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Custer road trip planning website.

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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: highs in Custer hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow 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 1st (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and then explore the activities along Lake Butte Overlook.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning site.

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, expect Yellowstone National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Independence Pass and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary website.

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, expect Aspen to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 5th (Thu): look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and finally stroll through Park Avenue Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Potash Road, then don't miss a visit to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, then trek along Windows, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip builder site.

You can drive from Aspen to Moab in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in September; daily highs in Moab reach 84°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, get great views at Lookout Studio, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally stroll around Indian Garden. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, then get great views at Yaki Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler 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 8th (Sun) 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 9th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, get interesting insight from 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. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, then take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planning site.

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 (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit 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 your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time 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 11th (Wed), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then kick back and relax at Burkes Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Folly Field Beach Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally kick back and relax at Driessen Beach Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hilton Head day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Hilton Head when traveling from Gatlinburg in September, with lows around 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to 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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