53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

53 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA vacation planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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New York City
— 3 nights
Train
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Washington DC
— 2 nights
Fly
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Fly to Reno, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
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Drive to Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Drive to Sedona
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Sedona
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Panama City
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Panama City Beach
— 14 nights
Drive to Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport, Fly to Plattsburgh International Airport

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New York City

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square. There's much more to do: examine the collection at New York Public Library, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the New York City online sightseeing planner.

Plattsburgh to New York City is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Plattsburgh in May since evenings lows in New York City dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can take a train to Washington DC.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, then explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, and then examine the collection at The National Archives Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of American History, learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, then take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Washington DC online trip planner.

Traveling by train from New York City to Washington DC takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Washington DC, with highs around 76°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cades Cove and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Get outdoors at Clingmans Dome and Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Bryson City (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, and see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Washington DC to Gatlinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Loop Road. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and S Rim Trail. Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, get impressive views of Mud Volcano, contemplate the waterfront views at Dragon's Mouth Springs, and trek along Fountain Paint Pot.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Yellowstone National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Gatlinburg to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Gatlinburg in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Yosemite National Park

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yosemite, Tunnel View and El Capitan. There's still lots to do: hike along Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy, stroll through Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite National Park in 11.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Yosemite National Park: highs are around 65°F and lows about 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Take a break from the city and head to Bear Mountain Trail and Airport Loop Trail. Museum-lovers will appreciate Arizona Copper Art Museum and Village Gallery of Local Artists. When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Fort Verde State Historic Park in Camp Verde, approximately Camp Verde away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Huckaby Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Crescent Moon Picnic Site, take in the exciting artwork at Renee Taylor Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Snoopy Rock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yosemite National Park to Sedona. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Sedona: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Kaibab Trail and Inner Canyon. Take a break from the city and head to Kolb Studio and Moran Point. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive, and hike along Hermit Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Park Avenue Trail and Windows. Get in touch with nature at Grandstaff Canyon Trail and Colorado Riverway Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend, appreciate the views at Castle Valley, and hike along Balanced Rock Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June; daily highs in Moab reach 95°F and lows reach 61°F. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Panama City Beach

— 14 nights

World's Most Beautiful Beaches

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Escape the urban bustle at Panama City Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Andrews State Park and Blue Mountain Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Fusion Art Glass Gallery (in Seaside), Emerald Coast Wine Cellars (in Miramar Beach) and Windswept Dunes Golfcourse (in Freeport). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Henderson Beach State Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, tee off at Raven Golf Club, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal Sands Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Panama City Beach trip maker.

Do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Panama City Beach in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moab to Panama City Beach due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moab in June: highs in Panama City Beach hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips