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
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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.
On the 24th (Sat), cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, stroll through 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.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Custer online attractions 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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in August, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Custer: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, then take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and finally take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage 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 find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park online vacation planner.

You can fly from Custer to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Custer in August; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): cruise along Independence Pass and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Aspen holiday maker app.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Aspen: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and finally trek along Park Avenue Trail. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Potash Road, make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, then trek along Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Moab travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Moab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Moab hover around 92°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then get great views at Lookout Studio, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally walk around Indian Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip 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. 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 3rd (Tue) to allow enough 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.
On the 4th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns, then take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Gatlinburg in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Gatlinburg reach 83°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): 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 tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then 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 ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hilton Head trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Hilton Head in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) 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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