38 days in Continental USA Itinerary

38 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Austin
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San Antonio
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Santa Fe
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
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Seattle
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
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Denver
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Custer
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Fargo
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Boston
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Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island
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Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, examine the collection at LBJ Presidential Library, then get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally admire the striking features of The Driskill. On the next day, trek along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Barton Springs Pool, and then contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol.

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New York City to Austin is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in July, you will find days in Austin are somewhat warmer (98°F), and nights are about the same (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 2:

San Antonio

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Antonio journey website.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. You'll set off for Santa Fe on the 2nd (Fri).

Things to do in San Antonio

Nightlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 3:

Santa Fe

— 1 day

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa fe Society of Artists, and finally explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe travel itinerary planner.

Getting from San Antonio to Santa Fe by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in July, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 4th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along Rim Trail, and take in the pleasant sights at Pipe Creek Vista.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Santa Monica Pier, examine the collection at Paley Center for Media, shop like a local with The Grove, and make a trip to Two Rodeo Drive.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Los Angeles is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, stroll around Golden Gate Park, engage your brain at Exploratorium, and take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in July, with highs in San Francisco at 73°F and lows at 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Glacier National Park

— 3 nights

Crown of the Continent

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 17th (Sat), hike the day away at Highline Trail. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, take some stellar pictures from Jackson Glacier Overlook, and explore the activities along Lake McDonald.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glacier National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Glacier National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Glacier National Park. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect nights in Glacier National Park to be a bit cooler, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 85°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Seattle

— 2 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Chihuly Garden and Glass, walk around Olympic Sculpture Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, and take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Seattle vacation builder site.

Getting from Glacier National Park to Seattle by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Glacier National Park to Seattle due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Glacier National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Seattle, with highs around 79°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Grand Teton National Park (Grand Teton, Cascade Canyon Trail, &more). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Wildlife Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Jenny Lake, and get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Jackson Hole visit website.

Traveling by flight from Seattle to Jackson Hole takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Seattle to Jackson Hole, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Jackson Hole, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in July, expect Denver to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Custer

— 1 night
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 26th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer holiday tool.

You can fly from Denver to Custer in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, Custer is slightly colder than Denver - with highs of 80°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Fargo.

Things to do in Custer

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Fargo

— 1 day
Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Roger Maris Museum and then explore the galleries of Red River Zoo.

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Getting from Custer to Fargo by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Custer to Fargo. Traveling from Custer in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 60°F in Fargo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Boston.

Things to do in Fargo

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Boston

— 3 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Step out of Boston with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Gloucester--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, stroll around Boston Common, admire nature's wide array of creatures at New England Aquarium, and get engrossed in the history at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Boston travel website.

Fly from Fargo to Boston in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Fargo to Boston is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fargo in July since evenings lows in Boston dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Acadia National Park.

Things to do in Boston

Parks · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island

— 1 day

First Eastern National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River, Acadia National Park draws visitors with its rugged landscape of ocean shoreline, low-slung granite mountains, dense woodlands, and pristine lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, and then take a memorable drive along Park Loop Road.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Acadia National Park trip planner.

Fly from Boston to Acadia National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Boston in August, expect Acadia National Park to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Stowe.

Things to do in Acadia National Park

Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:

Stowe

— 4 nights

The Ski Capital of the East

Stowe bustles in winter when skiers and snowboarders flock here to challenge themselves on the long, steep trails careening down Vermont's tallest peak, Mt.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stowe: Shelburne Museum (in Shelburne), Franconia (Flume Gorge & New England Ski Museum) and Off-Road Tours (in Lincoln). There's lots more to do: hike along Stowe Recreation Path, explore the activities along Mad River, hunt for treasures at Church Street Marketplace, and head outdoors with Bingham Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Stowe journey planner.

Traveling by car from Acadia National Park to Stowe takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Stowe are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stowe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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.

Montana travel guide

4.8
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Wildlife Areas
The Crown of the Continent
With a population of only one million, Montana remains an untouched natural paradise of snowcapped peaks, expansive forests, and alpine lakes, dotted with Old West ghost towns, Indian reservations, and progressive urban communities. Appreciate the state's unique charm and beauty with a trip to Glacier National Park, where you can come face-to-face with Montana wildlife among its high peaks. Head to the state's largest cities, Billings and Missoula, for an array of historical attractions and cultural sightseeing.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Art Museums · Historic Walking Areas
The Bay State
Known as the "Bay State" because of the three bays dominating its coastline, Massachusetts has played a significant cultural and commercial role through most of the country's history. An increasingly popular vacation destination for foreign travelers, Massachusetts offers numerous places to visit, ranging from historical sites to modern urban centers famous for their culinary, art, and nightlife scenes. With the majority of its population living in and around the city of Boston, in the 20th century Massachusetts went from a state largely dependent on fishing and agriculture to the country's leader in higher education, healthcare, high technology, and financial services. Home to renowned universities and research centers, the state's cities attract a young crowd of students, scientists, artists, and business professionals.

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.

Vermont travel guide

4.5
Gift & Specialty Shops · Ski Areas · Hiking Trails
The Green Mountain State
Known for its autumn foliage and maple syrup, Vermont is one of the country's smallest states in terms of both population and geographic area. Despite its small size and mostly rural character, the state boasts many picturesque places to visit, including Lake Champlain, one of the nation's largest freshwater bodies. Split in half by the Green Mountains--a popular holiday destination for hiking and skiing--Vermont features a rolling landscape dotted with farms and quaint towns known for their family-run inns, antique shops, and restaurants. Be sure to explore the state's many wild areas while on vacation, but beware of the so-called "mud season," a period of a few weeks when the state's unpaved roads become undrivable due to spring thaw.