30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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New York City
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 2 nights

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Visiting Roaring Fork and Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, admire the sheer force of Meigs Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Charlies Bunion.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary tool.

Washington DC to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 82°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Grand Canyon National Park — 5 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, trot along with Canyon Trail Rides, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get great views at Mather Point.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in October, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park — 2 nights

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Moro Rock Trail, then get a dose of the wild on Sequoia Sightseeing Tours, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park and then hike along Zumwalt Meadow Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park journey planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:

Yosemite National Park — 5 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Half Dome, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, hike along Panorama Trail, and make a trip to Olmsted Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in October, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are little chillier (66°F), and nights are cooler (28°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Francisco.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:

San Francisco — 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden, get great views at Twin Peaks, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in November, you will find days in San Francisco are a bit warmer (64°F), and nights are much warmer (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Yellowstone National Park — 6 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.
Visiting Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road will get you outdoors. Step out of Yellowstone National Park with an excursion to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take in the dramatic scenery at Mystic Falls Trail, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, and get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Yellowstone National Park is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Francisco in November: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 33°F and lows are around 12°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to New York City.
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Side Trip
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New York City — 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, don't miss a visit to Rockefeller Center, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our New York City attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to New York City takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in November, things will get much warmer in New York City: highs are around 57°F and lows about 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Washington DC — 2 nights

The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 17th (Tue), see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and finally get a sense of history and politics at White House. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at United States Capitol, get a sense of history and politics at Library of Congress, then get engrossed in the history at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Washington Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at National World War II Memorial.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Fly from New York City to Washington DC in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Washington DC are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel 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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