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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then go for a walk through Sunday Gulch Trail. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area, stroll through 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 explore the activities along Sylvan Lake.

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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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect nights in Custer to be cooler, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) 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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (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 witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Butte Overlook.

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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 4th (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 5th (Thu): cruise along Independence Pass and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along 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.

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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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September; daily highs in Aspen reach 72°F and lows reach 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch, then trek along Park Avenue Trail, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, then stroll through Grandstaff Canyon Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally trek along Shafer Trail.

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Drive from Aspen to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll around Indian Garden, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Maricopa Point, then get great views at Lookout Studio, and finally examine the collection at Kolb Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and then stroll through Rim Trail.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in September, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, then explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then trek along 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 moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, expect Gatlinburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) 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 13th (Fri), race across the water with a speed boat tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Burkes Beach, and finally walk around Folly Field Beach Park. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then hike 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.

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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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Hilton Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to 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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