45 days in Continental USA Itinerary

45 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Continental USA holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Key West
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 2 nights
Shuttle to Miami, Fly to Savannah
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Hilton Head
— 2 nights
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Panama City Beach
— 4 nights
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
— 2 nights
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Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
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Honolulu, Oahu
— 6 nights
Fly to Merced, Bus to Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
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Custer
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Key West

— 3 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Get outdoors at Vandenberg Wreck and Fort Zachary Taylor. Get a sense of the local culture at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Dry Tortugas National Park. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, cruise along The Overseas Highway, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Key West trip builder website.

Philadelphia to Key West is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Philadelphia in June, with lows around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Marathon

— 2 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Dolphin Research Center and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

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Getting from Key West to Marathon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Marathon sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 79°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Hilton Head

— 2 nights
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, kick back and relax at Coligny Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hilton Head trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Marathon to Hilton Head in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Marathon in June, expect little chillier with lows of 73°F in Hilton Head. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Panama City Beach.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas

Panama City Beach

— 4 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.
Step out of the city life by going to AJ's Water Adventures and Navarre Beach. You'll get in some beach time at St. Andrews State Park and Henderson Beach State Park. Step out of Panama City Beach with an excursion to Santa Rosa Beach in Santa Rosa Beach--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, kick back and relax at Panama City Beach, and browse the different shops at Pier Park.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Panama City Beach day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Hilton Head to Panama City Beach takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Panama City Beach sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kailua-Kona.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii

— 2 nights

Heart of the Kona Coast

Thanks to its favorable location near a mountain range blocking the northeasterly trade winds, Kailua-Kona gets little rainfall, allowing adventure seekers and nature lovers a chance to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine each year.
On the 13th (Sun), cruise along Saddle Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mauna Kea. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then admire the majestic nature at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kailua-Kona trip planner.

You can fly from Panama City Beach to Kailua-Kona in 13.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Kailua-Kona

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Lahaina, Maui

— 4 nights

Crown Jewel of Maui

Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Napili Beach and Wailea Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Kapalua Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park), Makena Beach (in Wailea) and Maui Tropical Plantation (in Wailuku). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ho'okipa Beach Park, get interesting insight from Tours, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Maui Ocean Center, and take a stroll through Lahaina Front Street.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kailua-Kona to Lahaina takes 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Lahaina can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Honolulu, Oahu

— 6 nights

Big Pineapple

In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Get some historical perspective at Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and Battleship Missouri Memorial. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Honolulu: Byodo-In Temple (in Kaneohe), Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (in Pupukea) and Shark Diving (in Haleiwa). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the pleasant sights at Diamond Head State Monument, examine the collection at USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and stroll the grounds of USS Arizona Memorial.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Honolulu online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Honolulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Yosemite National Park

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Vernal Fall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yosemite, Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Four Mile Trail, stroll through May Lake Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at North Dome, and surround yourself with nature on YExplore Yosemite Adventures - Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Yosemite National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Honolulu to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 13.5 hours. The time zone changes from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Honolulu in June, you will find days in Yosemite National Park are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are cooler (43°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Point. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and cruise along East Rim Drive.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 6 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 Grand Prismatic Spring and Grand Loop Road. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Midway Geyser Basin. There's still lots to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser, get impressive views of Mud Volcano, explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin, and explore the striking landscape of Aurum Geyser.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park holiday planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 12 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, things will get slightly colder in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 73°F and lows about 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Custer

— 3 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 11th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, and finally explore the activities along Sylvan Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): hike along Presidential Trail, then explore and take pictures at Iron Mountain Road, and then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Custer journey planning tool.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Custer by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Custer: highs are around 80°F and lows about 53°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways, and then identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park route planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Custer to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Custer in July: high temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park hover around 87°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature