40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
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Keystone
— 5 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
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Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Berkeley
— 3 nights
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Big Sur
— 2 nights
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Napa
— 1 night
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
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Sioux Falls

— 1 night
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. state of South Dakota. To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sioux Falls attractions planning site.

Columbus to Sioux Falls is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Columbus to Sioux Falls, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Sioux Falls sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 60°F at night. You'll set off for Badlands National Park on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Sioux Falls

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Badlands National Park

Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Conata Basin Overlook.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planning site.

Getting from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Sioux Falls to Badlands National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Sioux Falls in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Badlands National Park, with highs around 87°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Keystone

— 5 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Presidential Trail and Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Escape the urban bustle at Black Hills Helicopters and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish) and Pactola Lake (in Silver City). And it doesn't end there: go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, stop by Professor Samuel's Portrait Emporium, explore the world behind art at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center, and make a trip to Keystone Historical Museum.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Keystone attractions app.

Traveling by car from Badlands National Park to Keystone takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Keystone is a bit cooler than Badlands National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Upper Geyser Basin and Petrified Tree. Get in touch with nature at Old Faithful and Black Sand Basin. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, cruise along Firehole Lake Drive, trek along Pelican Creek Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Green Dragon Spring.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park trip site.

Drive from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in August, expect Yellowstone National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 70°F and 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Teton National Park

— 3 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, take in the views from Snake River Bridge, then see the sights as you ascend with Exum Mountain Guides, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): explore the activities along Leigh Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, stroll through Hermitage Point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, and finally cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park day trip planning website.

Drive from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you will find days in Grand Teton National Park are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Jackson Hole

— 1 night
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 23rd (Sun), get outside with Bridger Gondola, stop by Yippy I-O Candy Co, don't miss a visit to Town Square, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rendezvous Mountain, and finally let the river carry you with Barker-Ewing Whitewater. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a pleasant ride with Introduction To Rodeo and then take an exotic tour of Yellowstone Safari Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Jackson Hole attractions planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Jackson Hole in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Jackson Hole sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Yosemite National Park

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vernal Fall and YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Panorama Trail. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, make a trip to Pothole Dome, identify plant and animal life at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lembert Dome.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Yosemite National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Berkeley.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Berkeley

— 3 nights
Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern Alameda County, California. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Regional Parks Botanic Garden and Indian Rock Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grizzly Peak, browse the fresh offerings at Monterey Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland, and stroll around Codornices Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Berkeley trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Berkeley by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Berkeley, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Big Sur.

Things to do in Berkeley

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Big Sur

— 2 nights

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, admire the majestic nature at Andrew Molera State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Point Sur State Historic Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Pacific Valley Bluff Trail, take a peaceful walk through Los Padres National Forest, then immerse yourself in nature at Limekiln State Park, and finally hike along Partington Cove.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Big Sur route planner.

Traveling by car from Berkeley to Big Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, train, and taxi; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Big Sur can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Napa.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Napa

— 1 night

America's Wine Country

Located just 80 km (50 mi) north of San Francisco, Napa sits at the southern end of the scenic Napa Valley, one of the world's major wine regions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Skyline Wilderness Park, then walk around Howarth Park, and then sample some tasty brews at Ace It Bike Tours. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Robert Biale Vineyards, then Head underground at Jarvis Estate, then soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Napa Valley Paddle.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Napa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to Napa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, subway, and bus; or fly. Traveling from Big Sur in September, expect nights in Napa to be little chillier, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Napa

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Van Sickle Bi-State Park, then take in the waterfront activity at Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nevada Beach Campground, and finally stroll the grounds of Genoa Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): cast your line with a fishing tour and then experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the South Lake Tahoe online day trip planner.

You can drive from Napa to South Lake Tahoe in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Napa in September, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hidden Canyon, then trek along Riverside Walk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with The Subway, then admire all the interesting features of Kolob Terrace Road, and then trek along Watchman Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip website.

Getting from South Lake Tahoe to Zion National Park by car takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from South Lake Tahoe in September, with highs in Zion National Park at 84°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Queen Victoria. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen, get great views at Fairyland Point, then trek along Rim Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 70°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Windows and Skydive Moab. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Double Arch and Wilson's Arch. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Pothole Arch in Arches National Park--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with Canyonlands Ballooning, hike along Balanced Rock Trail, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and get some thrills on the water with Moab Jett.

Before you visit Moab, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 84°F and lows about 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 13th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Denver Firefighters Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Center for Colorado Women's History, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, then stroll the grounds of Fort Logan National Cemetery, and finally explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Denver sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Denver takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in September, you will find days in Denver are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kansas City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Union Station and Jesse James Bank Museum will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Show Me Ziplines. Go for a jaunt from Kansas City to Lawson to see Watkins Mill State Park about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Harry S. Truman Farm Home, look and learn at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, identify plant and animal life at Parkville Nature Sanctuary, and take in nature's colorful creations at The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kansas City trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Kansas City takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver to Kansas City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in September, Kansas City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

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Ski Areas · Zipline · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.