40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

40 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Sioux Falls
— 1 night
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Badlands National Park
— Few hours
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Keystone
— 5 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
5
Grand Teton National Park
— 3 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 1 night
7
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
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Berkeley
— 3 nights
9
Big Sur
— 2 nights
10
Napa
— 1 night
11
South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
13
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
15
Denver
— 3 nights
16
Kansas City
— 2 nights

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Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls is the largest city in the U.S. 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
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

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Badlands National Park

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

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Homestead Overlook ©
Homestead Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Panorama Point Overlook
Conata Basin Overlook ©
Conata Basin Overlook

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Keystone

Keystone ©
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 The Museum @ Black Hills Institute. Escape the urban bustle at Mount Rushmore National Memorial and The Stables at Palmer Gulch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Pactola Lake (in Silver City) and Devil Bathtub South Dakota (in Spearfish). Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Rushmore Tramway Adventures. There's still lots to do: see the world from above with Black Hills Helicopters, see the interesting displays at Keystone Historical Museum, make a trip to Brule, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Dakota Stone Rock Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Keystone tour planner.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Keystone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Badlands National Park in August; daily highs in Keystone reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hill City, Pactola Lake, Devil Bathtub South Dakota
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Black Hills Helicopters ©
Black Hills Helicopters
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Escape the urban bustle at Old Faithful and Black Sand Basin. Explore hidden gems such as Upper Geyser Basin and Castle Geyser. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Monument Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Green Dragon Spring, explore the striking landscape at Gibbon Falls, and explore and take pictures at Firehole Lake Drive.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online route planner.

Fly from Keystone to Yellowstone National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, shuttle, and car. In August, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Keystone - with highs of 70°F and lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin
Artists’ Paintpots ©
Artists’ Paintpots
Castle Geyser ©
Castle Geyser

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
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. 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
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout
Cathedral Group ©
Cathedral Group

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Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
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. 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
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Rendezvous Mountain ©
Rendezvous Mountain
Barker-Ewing Whitewater ©
Barker-Ewing Whitewater
Introduction To Rodeo ©
Introduction To Rodeo

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
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.
Visiting Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vernal Fall and Olmsted Point. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours, trek along Panorama Trail, make a trip to Pothole Dome, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Jackson Hole to Yosemite National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jackson Hole to Yosemite National Park. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berkeley.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome
Panorama Trail ©
Panorama Trail

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Berkeley

Berkeley ©
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 Codornices 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 Indian Rock Park.

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

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Berkeley by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and subway; or do a combination of bus, train, and subway. 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

Side Trip

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Indian Rock Park ©
Indian Rock Park
Regional Parks Botanic Garden ©
Regional Parks Botanic Garden
Grizzly Peak ©
Grizzly Peak

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Big Sur

Big Sur ©
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

Side Trip

Los Padres National Forest
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 2:
Highlights from your plan
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Limekiln State Park ©
Limekiln State Park

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Napa

Napa ©
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

Side Trips

Howarth Park, Ace It Bike Tours
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Ace It Bike Tours ©
Ace It Bike Tours
Balloon Rides
Skyline Wilderness Park ©
Skyline Wilderness Park

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. 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

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nevada Beach Campground, Round Hill Pines Beach and Marina, Genoa Cemetery
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Nevada Beach Campground ©
Nevada Beach Campground
Van Sickle Bi-State Park ©
Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
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 flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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. 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
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer

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Moab

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

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Skydive Moab ©
Skydive Moab
Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch

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Denver

Denver ©
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 at the Byers-Evans House, 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 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 · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©
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.
Watkins Mill State Park and Harry S. Truman Farm Home will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden and Parkville Nature Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area (in Blue Springs) and Show Me Ziplines (in Rayville). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Jesse James Bank Museum, see the sky in a new way at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, and examine the collection at Museum of Illusions.

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

Traveling by flight from Denver to Kansas City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Side Trips

Jesse James Bank Museum, Harry S. Truman Farm Home, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, Watkins Mill State Park, Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Mill State Park ©
Watkins Mill State Park
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area ©
Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area
Parkville Nature Sanctuary ©
Parkville Nature Sanctuary

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