20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

20 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip maker

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New York City
— 4 nights
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North Conway
— 2 nights
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
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Newport
— 2 nights
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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Brooklyn Heights Promenade. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Central Park, stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the New York City road trip website.

Hanoi, Vietnam to New York City is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 12 hours. In October, daytime highs in New York City are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to North Conway.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

North Conway

— 2 nights
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): grab your bike and head to White Mountains, then admire the majestic nature at Crawford Notch State Park, then take in the views from Honeymoon Bridge, and finally appreciate the views at Mount Washington Valley. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Echo Lake State Park, stroll through Champney Falls Trail, and then hike along Boulder Loop Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our North Conway trip planning app.

Fly from New York City to North Conway in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in October; daily highs in North Conway reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Bar Harbor.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island

— 2 nights
Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): trek along Heart of Acadia Loop, take in the awesome beauty at Penobscot Mountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Eagle Lake Acadia National Park. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Agamont Park, take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, then trek along Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail, and finally go for a walk through Compass Harbor Trail.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bar Harbor online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from North Conway to Bar Harbor in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly to Newport.

Things to do in Bar Harbor

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Newport

— 2 nights

City by the Sea

With coastline on the west, south, and east, Newport is a maritime city with a rich history.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): stroll through Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Cliff Walk, experience rural life at Stone Bridge Farm, and then kick back and relax at Sachuest Beach (Second Beach).

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Newport trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Bar Harbor to Newport in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bar Harbor in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Newport, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marin Headlands and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Change things up with a short trip to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Alcatraz Island, contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and enjoy the sea views from Fort Point.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app.

You can fly from Newport to San Francisco in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Newport in October, things will get a bit warmer in San Francisco: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley Loop Trail. Step out of Yosemite National Park to go to Hathaway Pines and see Stanislaus National Forest, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Tioga Pass, stroll through Four Mile Trail, don't miss a visit to Pothole Dome, and take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planning tool.

Drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park in 4 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Yosemite National Park, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of -2°C. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

New Hampshire travel guide

4.6
Waterfalls · Ski Areas · Theme Parks
The Granite State
One of the country's smallest and least populous states, New Hampshire's wealth of recreational offerings make it a popular vacation destination. Its many pristine natural areas attract skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, and mountaineers from around the world. Named after a county in England, New Hampshire was the first of the North American colonies to establish a government independent of Great Britain's authority. Though New Hampshire's official nickname refers to its extensive granite formations and quarries, the state's license plates carry the motto "Live Free or Die," reflecting the sense of independence prized by the famously terse natives. Find out why America's artists continue to find inspiration in New Hampshire by taking a trip to its quaint villages and sightseeing in the area's old colonial towns.

Maine travel guide

4.6
Beaches · Lighthouses · Mountains
The Pine Tree State
The easternmost state in New England, Maine features an indented coastline and forested interior, carved eons ago by receding glaciers. Maine includes more lighthouses and quaint resort villages than you could ever hope to explore in a single trip, but the state is also one of the country's most sparsely populated, the majority of its land pristine and uninhabited wilderness. The temperate coastal regions, historically supported by fishing and lobstering, contain most of the state's urban centers and are the most popular spots in the state for holidays. The sea is the focus here, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that water plays an important role in the distinct character of the state, shaping its economy, tourism, cuisine, politics, sports, and art.

Rhode Island travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Walking Areas · Architectural Buildings
The Ocean State
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island includes over 640 km (400 mi) of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and more than 30 islands. Most of the state is part of the U.S. mainland, despite its somewhat misleading name. Though it takes only about 40 minutes to drive across this tiny state, Rhode Island includes more white sandy beaches than most visitors can hope to explore on a single trip. The state's one big city and surrounding small towns brim with places to visit, such as museums, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historical neighborhoods packed with colonial-era buildings. Although the state may seem small, your holiday itinerary is sure to be chock-full.

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.