36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Billings
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Moose
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Sedona
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
San Jose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Big Sur
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
11
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
12
Monterey
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
13
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
14
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Nashville

1
night
Billings

Billings ©
Billings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and is the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855.Billings is located in the south-eastern portion of the state and is the seat of Yellowstone County, which had a 2015 population of 157,048. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pictograph Cave State Park and then do a tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Billings online day trip planner .

Nashville to Billings is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Billings. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nashville in September; daily highs in Billings reach 75°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Billings

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Pictograph Cave State Park ©
Pictograph Cave State Park
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery ©
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lamar Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. Explore hidden gems such as Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Lake Butte Overlook. There's much more to do: make a trip to Artist Point, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at West Thumb Geyser Basin, and explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online itinerary planner .

Drive from Billings to Yellowstone National Park in 4.5 hours. In September, Yellowstone National Park is a bit cooler than Billings - with highs of 60°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Moose.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

2
nights
Moose

Moose ©
Moose is an unincorporated community in Teton County, Wyoming, United States, in the Jackson Hole valley. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): snap pictures at Snake River Bridge and then steep yourself in history at Mormon Row Historic District. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Moose travel planner .

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Moose takes 2 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September, expect nights in Moose to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moose

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Amphitheater Lake ©
Amphitheater Lake
Hidden Falls ©
Hidden Falls

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): hike along City Creek Canyon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Salt Lake City trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Explore your travel options from Moose to Salt Lake City with the Route module. Traveling from Moose in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Salt Lake City: highs are around 81°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
City Creek Canyon ©
City Creek Canyon

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get great views at Sunrise Point, then identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Fairyland Point and then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Bryce Canyon National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Bryce Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary website .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point

6
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get in touch with nature at Montezuma Well and Doe Mountain Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lava River Cave and Oak Creek Vista Point. Venture out of the city with trips to Pillsbury Wine Company North (in Cottonwood), Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome) and Tuzigoot National Monument (in Clarkdale). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, take a stroll through Historic Old Town Cottonwood, appreciate the extensive heritage of Whiskey Row, and hike along Fay Canyon Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Sedona reach 85°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Jerome State Historic Park, Whiskey Row, Tuzigoot National Monument
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 19:
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Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Tuzigoot National Monument ©
Tuzigoot National Monument
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

4
nights
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Balloon Rides as well as Hoover Dam.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas tour planning website .

You can drive from Sedona to Las Vegas in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Sedona to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 93°F and lows about 71°F. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to San Jose.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Balloon Rides
Hoover Dam ©
Hoover Dam

1
night
San Jose

San Jose ©
The metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, San Jose considers itself a global city.
On the 25th (Sat), take an unorthodox tour of Winchester Mystery House, look for all kinds of wild species at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, and then learn about winemaking at Testarossa.

Start your trip to San Jose by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Jose takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in September; daily highs in San Jose reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Jose

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Testarossa
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Winchester Mystery House ©
Winchester Mystery House
Testarossa ©
Testarossa

2
nights
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Point Sur State Historic Park.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Sur route app .

You can drive from San Jose to Big Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from San Jose in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Sur: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Carmel.

Things to do in Big Sur

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park ©
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Point Sur State Historic Park ©
Point Sur State Historic Park

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 28th (Tue), kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, take in the history at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, then stroll through Carmel River State Beach, and finally do a tasting at Caraccioli Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, and then do a tasting at Folktale Winery & Vineyard.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Carmel tour itinerary planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Big Sur. In September in Carmel, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Folktale Winery & Vineyard
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Folktale Winery & Vineyard ©
Folktale Winery & Vineyard

2
nights
Monterey

Monterey ©
Monterey is a city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Lovers Point, make a trip to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Monterey vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Monterey is just a short distance from Carmel. In September, daytime highs in Monterey are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Monterey

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail ©

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, then hike along Nevada Falls Loop, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Yosemite Valley Chapel, then take in the views from Pohono Bridge, and then trek along Lower Yosemite Fall Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Monterey to Yosemite National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Monterey in October, plan for colder nights in Yosemite National Park, with lows around 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, and then identify plant and animal life at Marin Headlands. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Fort Funston National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Strawberry Hill, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planner .

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. While traveling from Yosemite National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in San Francisco, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Marin Headlands
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Marin Headlands ©
Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge

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