37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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New Orleans
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Orlando
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Ocean City
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Bus to BWI Marshall Airport Amtrak Station, Train to UNION STATION station, Subway to Reagan Washington, Fly to Bar Harbor
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island
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Boston
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Indianapolis
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Louisville
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Chicago
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Dubuque
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Denver
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Yellowstone National Park
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San Francisco
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New Orleans — 1 night

The Big Easy

Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stop by Faulkner House Books, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and then get to know the fascinating history of Royal Street. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, and then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New Orleans travel planner.

Cairns, Australia to New Orleans is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Cairns to New Orleans, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cairns in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in New Orleans, with lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Orlando.
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Orlando — 5 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

Explore hidden gems such as Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Orlando: St. Augustine Distillery (in St. Augustine), Boat Tours & Water Sports (in Saint Cloud) and St. Augustine Beach (in Saint Augustine Beach). Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort and take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orlando trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from New Orleans to Orlando in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from New Orleans to Orlando. Traveling from New Orleans in July, you will find days in Orlando are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are slightly colder (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Ocean City.
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Ocean City — 2 nights

The White Marlin Capital of the World

Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Ocean City Beach, and then take a leisurely stroll along Ocean City Boardwalk. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Ayers Creek Adventures.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ocean City online sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Orlando to Ocean City in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Orlando in August, with highs in Ocean City at 32°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Bar Harbor.
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Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then make a trip to Land Bridge to Bar Island, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shore Path. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Cadillac Mountain, explore and take pictures at Park Loop Road, and then hike along Ocean Path.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bar Harbor trip builder.

Traveling by combination of bus, train, subway, and flight from Ocean City to Bar Harbor takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ocean City in August: high temperatures in Bar Harbor hover around 28°C and lows are around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Boston.
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Boston — 4 nights

Beantown

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Marginal Way Walkway. Venture out of the city with trips to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House (in Gloucester) and Ogunquit Beach (in Ogunquit). There's much more to do: visit North End, pause for some photo ops at Bunker Hill Monument, shop like a local with Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Museum of African American History.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Boston online tour planner.

Getting from Bar Harbor to Boston by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bar Harbor in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Boston: highs are around 32°C and lows about 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis — 1 night

Circle City

On the 12th (Sat), meet the residents at Indianapolis Zoo, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Indianapolis trip planner.

Getting from Boston to Indianapolis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Indianapolis sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Louisville.
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Louisville — 2 nights

Derby City

On the 13th (Sun), examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum, and then bet on a winner at Churchill Downs. On the next day, gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Louisville road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Indianapolis to Louisville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Chicago.
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Chicago — 3 nights

Windy City

Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Michigan and Buckingham Fountain. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, stroll around Millennium Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

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Traveling by flight from Louisville to Chicago takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Louisville to Chicago, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly to Dubuque.
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Dubuque — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Home, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Blaum Bros. Distilling Co., and then make a trip to Fenelon Place Elevator Co..

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dubuque route site.

You can fly from Chicago to Dubuque in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Chicago in August since evenings lows in Dubuque dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Denver.
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Denver — 3 nights

Mile-High City

You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mount Evans and River Rafting & Tubing. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Pikes Peak - America's Mountain (in Cascade), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (in Colorado Springs). It doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway and steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Denver attractions planner.

You can fly from Dubuque to Denver in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Dubuque, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 6 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

Discover out-of-the-way places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Grand Prismatic Spring. When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Horseback Riding Tours in Gardiner, approximately Gardiner away. There's still lots to do: cruise along Lamar Valley, take in breathtaking views at S Rim Trail, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and relax and rejuvenate at Boiling River.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Denver to Yellowstone National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Denver in August, you will find days in Yellowstone National Park are little chillier (24°C), and nights are colder (3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 5 nights

City by the Bay

Discover out-of-the-way places like Golden Gate Park and Exploratorium. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks, and admire the natural beauty at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, train, and subway. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park to San Francisco, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be warmer in San Francisco, with lows of 17°C. On the 1st (Fri), you're off to home.
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Louisiana travel guide

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The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.
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Florida travel guide

4.3
Disney Parks & Activities · Theme Parks · Beaches
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.
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Maryland travel guide

4.2
Casinos · Specialty Museums · Aquariums
The Old Line State
Perhaps best known as the birthplace of religious and political freedom in the United States, Maryland retains the spirit of colonial America, with stately 18th-century villages and historical landmarks. Although it's one of the nation's smallest states, there is no shortage of things to do here and you may find your itinerary fills up quickly. Make time in your vacation to tour Maryland's diverse landscape, which includes mountain peaks, picturesque Atlantic coastline, and the bustling city of Baltimore. Military buffs will enjoy touring the state's four Civil War Trails, where you can follow the footsteps of U.S. soldiers, or visiting the port city of Annapolis, home to the United States Naval Academy.
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Maine travel guide

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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.
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Massachusetts travel guide

4.3
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.
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Indiana travel guide

4.1
The Hoosier State
With an extensive history of motorsports, Indiana's main claim to fame is the popular automobile race held each year in its capital city. A mostly rural state, Indiana is a land of till plains and lakes, its appearance a result of traces left behind by receding glaciers. The central section of the state, mostly flat with some rolling hills, contains some of the country's most fertile farmland. The state also contains almost 39,000 km (24,000 mi) of waterways, including the Wabash River, the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. For a genuine "Hoosier" experience, tour the state's slow-paced small towns, noted for their hospitality and outstanding local cuisine. You'll remember the warmth and charm long after your vacation is over.
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Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.
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Illinois travel guide

4.3
Observation Decks · Parks · Art Museums
The Prairie State
The most populous state in the country's Midwest region, Illinois features a diverse landscape that includes both the enormous urban sprawl of Chicago and flat central plains, devoted almost entirely to farmland. With a great selection of things to do, Chicago is the state's centerpiece, featuring world-famous architecture and renowned museums. Farther away from this giant urban center, you can explore historical landmarks dedicated to local heroes Abraham Lincoln and Ernest Hemingway. The state also includes a prehistoric Native American site, one of only 20 World Heritage Sites in the United States, a unique feature well-worth adding to your itinerary.
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Iowa travel guide

4.1
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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California travel guide

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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.
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