Home / U.S. State Travel Guides / U.S. Vacations / U.S. National Parks / U.S. State Highpoints / U.S. Road Trip Planning

GREAT ONE-WEEK VACATIONS IN THE U.S.


All fifty U.S. states are worth exploring for at least a full week. I sincerely believe that, with no exceptions (not even Kansas or Nebraska are excluded from that). The intent of this particular page, though, is to identify specific regions or places in each state that I feel the average traveler could enjoy a week-long vacation in. This list is obviously opinionated and so it won't and can't be perfect, but hopefully this information still offers some value to you. You will notice some of these vacations are focused on a single place whereas others include several locations that are within a reasonably close drive. Take note that I have excluded Alaska and Hawaii as I have not traveled to those states yet.

Author/Contributor: Greg Parsons

ALABAMA



While Alabama has many excellent attractions, I personally don't think any one particular area in the state is worthy of a 7-day vacation. I would say that the Alabama coast (e.g. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach) and northern Alabama (e.g. Huntsville) would each make a great 3-4 day trip. If you combined both of those with a road-trip between them, I think that would make for a highly enjoyable week.

For a comprehensive travel guide to Alabama, click here.


ARIZONA



Here are my five choices for areas that can provide a great week-long vacation in Arizona:

Grand Canyon National Park, Flagstaff and Williams
Phoenix and Scottsdale
Sedona
Tucson and more of southern Arizona (e.g. Bisbee, Tombstone)
Page and Kanab (UT)

South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park    Saguaro National Park    Sedona area scenery   
Grand Canyon National Park    Saguaro National Park in southern AZ    Sedona

For a comprehensive travel guide to Arizona, click here.


ARKANSAS



There are a few areas in Arkansas that have enough attractions to fill an entire week. Here are my two top choices:

Northwestern Arkansas (e.g. Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville)
Hot Springs, Little Rock, and Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Eureka Springs    Walmart Museum in Bentonville    Ozark views   
Eureka Springs in northwestern AR    Walmart Museum in Bentonville    Ozark views from near Hawksbill Crag

For a comprehensive travel guide to Arkansas, click here.


CALIFORNIA



California is one of the most attraction-packed states in the U.S. There are dozens of places where you could easily spend a full week. Here is a list of many of the best such places:

Big Sur Highway and the central California coastline (e.g. Los Angeles to Monterey)
Lake Tahoe and Reno (NV)
Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Anaheim
Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley
Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and Joshua Tree National Park
Redwoods National Park and the northern California coastline
San Diego
San Francisco
Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Kings Canyon National Park

You could also easily spend an entire week in just Yosemite National Park, especially once Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road open for the season.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park    Redwoods National Park    Half Dome, Yosemite National Park   
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park    Redwoods National Park    Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

For a comprehensive travel guide to California, click here.


COLORADO



Colorado is an outdoor paradise, packed with not only beautiful scenery but many amazing attractions. Here are some places that you could easily spend a full week in:

Boulder, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountains National Park
Central Colorado (e.g. Aspen, Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs, Vail)
Denver, Colorado Springs, and Manitou Springs
Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, and more of southwestern Colorado (e.g. Ouray, Silverton, Telluride)

If it's winter and you enjoy winter recreation, you could easily spend a full week at just one of Colorado's famed ski towns.

Great Sand Dunes National Park    Glenwood Hot Springs Pool    Colorado mountain scenery   
Great Sand Dunes National Park    Glenwood Hot Springs Pool    a southwestern Colorado lake

For a comprehensive travel guide to Colorado, click here.


CONNECTICUT



While Connecticut has many excellent attractions, I don't think any one particular area is worthy of a 7-day vacation. There are a few areas worth spending at least a few days in, including (a) Hartford and its suburbs; and (b) the Mystic area. If you enjoy the great outdoors, a trip of 3-5 days in northwestern Connecticut is also recommended.

Kent Falls    one of Connecticut's great rail trails    Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic   
Kent Falls in northwestern CT    one of Connecticut's great rail trails    Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic

For a comprehensive travel guide to Connecticut, click here.


DELAWARE



The Delaware coastline is fantastic, and I know many people spend a full week there each year.

Atlantic Ocean coastline (e.g. Rehoboth Beach, Lewes Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island)

Rehoboth Beach    sign at the highpoint of Delaware    Bethany Beach   
Rehoboth Beach    sign at the highpoint of Delaware    Bethany Beach

For a comprehensive travel guide to Delaware, click here.


FLORIDA



Florida has a million attractions, and so it's very easy to fill up a seven day trip there. Here are some ideas:

Central Gulf Coast (e.g. Anna Marie, Bradenton, Sarasota, Siesta Key)
Key West and the Florida Keys
Miami and Everglades National Park
Northern Atlantic Coast (e.g. Jacksonville, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, St. Augustine)
Northern Gulf Coast / Florida Panhandle beaches (e.g. Destin, Pensacola Beach, Panama City Beach)
Orlando
Southern Atlantic Coast (e.g. Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach)
Southern Gulf Coast (e.g. Marco Island, Naples, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island)
Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater

Take note that Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island were hit especially hard by Hurricane Ian in 2022. It may take several years for these places to fully recover.

Siesta Key, Sarasota    Naples Beach Pier    EPCOT   
Siesta Key Beach sign, Sarasota    Naples Beach Pier in Naples    EPCOT in Walt Disney World

For a comprehensive travel guide to Florida, click here.


GEORGIA



There are a few areas in Georgia where I would spend a full week. I didn't include Atlanta in the list below, but you could probably gather enough things to do there to fill out a week, specially if you enjoy cycling since the city has an awesome bike trail network.

Savannah and Hilton Head Island (SC)
Northern Georgia (e.g. Helen, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, various state parks) and Chattanooga (TN)

Georgia Aquarium    Atlanta sign    Georgia Queen in Savannah   
Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta    Atlanta sign    Georgia Queen in Savannah

For a comprehensive travel guide to Georgia, click here.


IDAHO



Idaho's attractions tend to be well-scattered across the state, but there is one specific area in Idaho that I would say is worth a full week of your time. In addition to what is listed below, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the town of Ketchum are probably worth a full week of your time if you are an avid hiker or backpacker.

Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, and Spokane (WA)

Idaho Potato Museum    one of many hot springs in Idaho    Shoshone Falls   
Idaho Potato Museum    one of many hot springs in Idaho    Shoshone Falls

For a comprehensive travel guide to Idaho, click here.


ILLINOIS



Ignore what you hear on the news about Chicago. It's an amazing city and you can easily spend a week there, especially if you enjoy museums. If you love the great outdoors and hiking, Southern Illinois is also worthy of a weeks' vacation.

Chicago
Southern Illinois (e.g. Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods, Giant City)

Cloud Gate / The Bean in Chicago    downtown Chicago    Maggie Daley Park in Chicago   
Cloud Gate / The Bean in Chicago    downtown Chicago    Maggie Daley Park in Chicago

For a comprehensive travel guide to Illinois, click here.


INDIANA



While no one particular area in Indiana is worth a 7-day vacation in my opinion, if you patch together some sites in Indianapolis with attractions in southern Indiana you can create a fine week-long trip:

Central and southern Indiana (e.g. Indianapolis, French Lick, Nashville, Santa Claus)

For a comprehensive travel guide to Indiana, click here.


IOWA



Please don't laugh when I say this, but Iowa is a seriously underrated state. If you combine Des Moines with other attractions and towns in central Iowa you can absolutely plan and enjoy a great week-long vacation.

Des Moines and more of central Iowa (e.g. Pella, Winterset)

For a comprehensive travel guide to Iowa, click here.


KANSAS



I can't think of any one specific part of Kansas that I would recommend spending a full seven days in. I think the Wichita area is certainly worth 3-4 days. If you combined Topeka, Kansas with Kansas City, Missouri I think that is certainly worth seven days though.

Kansas sign    Monument Rocks    Rock City   
Kansas sign    Monument Rocks in western Kansas    Rock City Park in central Kansas

For a comprehensive travel guide to Kansas, click here.


KENTUCKY



You could easily spend 1-2 weeks touring Kentucky, but the attractions of this state are really scattered everywhere. There really isn't one particular area that I think appeals to the average traveler as a week-long destination. Here are some areas that I think are worthy of at least a 3-4 day trip though: (a) the Louisville and Bardstown areas; (b) the Lexington, Berea, and Frankfort areas; (c) Mammoth Cave National Park and Bowling Green areas; (d) the Red River Gorge and surrounding area; and (e) the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and surrounding area.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park    Birthplace of KFC    Cumberland Falls   
Natural Bridge State Resort Park    Birthplace of KFC    Cumberland Falls

For a comprehensive travel guide to Kentucky, click here.


LOUISIANA



While you likely don't want to (and probably shouldn't) party in New Orleans for a full week, there is enough to see and do in the city to hang out there for that long. Outside of New Orleans, I can't really think of any other destination in Louisiana that's good for a week. Baton Rouge and Lafayette are certainly worth visiting for a few days each, just not a full week in my opinion. If you combine both of them and the attractions surrounding them, then sure.

New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans    New Orleans mural    City Park, New Orleans   
Bourbon Street, New Orleans    New Orleans mural    City Park, New Orleans

For a comprehensive travel guide to Louisiana, click here.


MAINE



Maine is New England's largest state and there are several areas that can easily deliver an enjoyable week-long vacation. They include the following:

Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park
Portland and the southern coastline (e.g. Ogunquit, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach)

In addition to the two regions listed above, the North Maine Woods can be enjoyed for a full week if you are an avid outdoors person (e.g. canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, fishing, etc.). You could explore Millinocket, Baxter State Park, Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument, and surrounding areas.

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park    Katahdin's "Knife Edge"    a lighthouse in southern Maine   
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park    Baxter State Park's "Knife Edge"    a lighthouse in southern Maine

For a comprehensive travel guide to Maine, click here.


MARYLAND



Baltimore certainly has its rough areas, but if you spend a few days there and a few days in Annapolis I think the end result could make for a fine week-long vacation. The Maryland coastline and western Maryland are also worthy of a week each as well.

Baltimore and Annapolis
Eastern shore (e.g. Ocean City, St. Michaels, and Assateague Island)
Western Maryland (e.g. Frederick, Antietam National Battlefield)

For a comprehensive travel guide to Maryland, click here.


MASSACHUSETTS



I may be biased because I live there, but I think Boston is worth a full week, especially if it includes a day trip out to the Boston Harbor Islands. Spending a week on Cape Cod is the norm for many people each year, and if you combine a few days on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard islands you can craft a nice week vacation out of that too. While there's no one particular area in the Berkshires that I would spend a week, you can easily pick a few different places to add up to a week.

Boston
Cape Cod (e.g. Chatham, Falmouth, Wellfleet, Provincetown)
Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands
The Berkshires (e.g. Great Barrington, Lenox, Stockbridge, North Adams)

Bash Bish Falls    U.S.S. Constitution Museum    Cape Cod National Seashore   
Bash Bish Falls in the Berkshires    U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Boston    Cape Cod National Seashore

For a comprehensive travel guide to Massachusetts, click here.


MICHIGAN



I think both the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan have areas that make for great week-long vacations.

Lower Peninsula-Lake Michigan central shoreline (e.g. Saugatuck/Douglas, Holland, Grand Haven)
Lower Peninsula-Lake Michigan northern shoreline (e.g. Ludington, Frankfort, Traverse City, Charlevois, Mackinac Island)
Upper Peninsula-West (e.g. Copper Harbor, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Isle Royale National Park)
Upper Peninsula-East & Central (e.g. Grand Marais, Munising, Marquette, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore)

Traverse City sign    Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island    Mackinac Bridge   
Traverse City sign    Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island    Mackinac Bridge

For a comprehensive travel guide to Michigan, click here.


MINNESOTA



In addition to the two regions of Minnesota that I've listed below, you could easily spend a week in northern Minnesota if you enjoy the great outdoors (e.g. take an extended canoe trip in the exceptional Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness).

Duluth and the North Shore
Minneapolis, Bloomington, and St. Paul

Mall of America    Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge    Bob Dylan mural in Minneapolis   
Mall of America in Bloomington    Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge    Bob Dylan mural in Minneapolis

For a comprehensive travel guide to Minnesota, click here.


MISSISSIPPI



I struggle to think of any particular region of Mississippi that would be appealing for a week-long vacation. However, if you combined Jackson in central Mississippi (which is famous for its museums) with some of the areas along the southern coast (e.g. Biloxi, Gulfport) you could create a nice seven day trip.

For a comprehensive travel guide to Mississippi, click here.


MISSOURI



Missouri has a few areas that I think are deserving of a full week:

Branson and more of the Ozark region
Kansas City and Topeka (KS)
St. Louis

Branson sign    World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson    top of the City Museum in St. Louis   
sign in Branson    World's Largest Toy Museum in Branson    the top of the City Museum in St. Louis

For a comprehensive travel guide to Missouri, click here.


MONTANA



I think you could easily spend a few week in either of these Montana destinations:

Bozeman and Big Sky
Glacier National Park and Watertown Park (Canada)

red bus tours in Glacier National Park    Museum of the Rockies    hiking in Glacier National Park   
red bus tours in Glacier National Park    Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman    hiking in Glacier National Park

For a comprehensive travel guide to Montana, click here.


NEBRASKA



Nebraska has many great attractions, and pockets of the western part of the state are known for their beautiful scenery. Other than maybe the Omaha area, I personally don't think any one area in Nebraska stands out as a 7-day destination though.

Nebraska state line sign    Carhenge in Alliance    Scotts Bluff National Monument   
Nebraska state line sign    Carhenge in Alliance    Scotts Bluff National Monument

For a comprehensive travel guide to Nebraska, click here.


NEVADA



Most people can't imagine spending a full week in Las Vegas, but if you combine some time on "The Strip" with some nearby outdoor activities and some of Las Vegas's non-casino attractions, you easily can.

Las Vegas and southern Nevada (e.g. Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead)
Reno and Lake Tahoe (which is mostly in CA)

If you are an avid hiker, you could easily spend a week exploring the Ruby Mountains.

Valley of Fire State Park    Welcome to Las Vegas sign    Neon Museum, Las Vegas   
Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas    Welcome to Las Vegas sign    Neon Museum in Las Vegas

For a comprehensive travel guide to Nevada, click here.


NEW HAMPSHIRE



For outstanding week-long vacations in New Hampshire, head straight to the White Mountains region. I think both sides of the White Mountains are easily worth a week each. There are so many tourist attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities on both sides. Make sure to drive the Kancamagus Highway (NH-112) from Conway to Lincoln and US-302 from Twin Mountain to North Conway while you are there.

White Mountains (e.g. Lincoln/Woodstock, North Conway, Jackson)
Lakes Region (e.g. Lake Winnipesaukee)

Glen Ellis Falls    skiing at Bretton Woods    hiking in Franconia Notch   
Glen Ellis Falls in the White Mountains    skiing at Bretton Woods    hiking in Franconia Notch

For a comprehensive travel guide to New Hampshire, click here.


NEW JERSEY



Northern New Jersey has plenty of attractions, and if you patched them all together you could spend a week exploring there. My choice for a one-week vacation in New Jersey would be along the southern coast though.

Southern NJ coast (e.g. Cape May, Ocean City, Wildwood)

Ocean City Beach    Cape May    Ocean City Beach   
Ocean City Beach    Cape May    Ocean City Beach

For a comprehensive travel guide to New Jersey, click here.


NEW MEXICO



Northern New Mexico is one of my favorite areas in the country, and spending a week there barely touches the surface. I also think if you combine some places in southern New Mexico with western Texas you can create a nice week-long trip too.

Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos
Southern New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns NP, White Sands NP) and Western Texas (Big Bend NP, Guadalupe NP, Davis Mountains State Park)

White Sands National Park    Bandelier National Monument    Carlsbad Caverns National Park   
White Sands National Park    Bandelier National Monument    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

For a comprehensive travel guide to New Mexico, click here.


NEW YORK



There are many areas in New York that you can easily spend a full week in, including:

Buffalo and Niagara Falls (but only if you also include the Canadian side of Niagara Falls)
Finger Lakes region and Ithaca
Lake George and Saratoga Springs
Lake Placid and the Adirondacks
New York City

Niagara Falls    New York City    views from Central Park in NYC   
Niagara Falls    New York City    views from Central Park in New York City

For a comprehensive travel guide to New York, click here.


NORTH CAROLINA



North Carolina has a few areas that I would encourage you to spend an entire week, including:

Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains (e.g. Boone, Blowing Rock, Linville, Pisgah National Forest)
Outer Banks (e.g. Cape Hatteras, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Corolla)
Wilmington and the southern beaches of North Carolina (e.g. Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Beach)

Slide Rock    Biltmore Estate in Asheville    Chimney Rock State Park   
Slide Rock near Asheville    Biltmore Estate in Asheville    Chimney Rock State Park

For a comprehensive travel guide to North Carolina, click here.


NORTH DAKOTA



I personally don't think any one area in North Dakota stands out as a week-long destination. I do think the Medora and Teddy Roosevelt National Park area is great for 3-4 days though.

For a comprehensive travel guide to North Dakota, click here.


OHIO



Ohio is an underrated/underapprecated state. There are a few areas I would spend a week in Ohio in, including:

Cleveland and Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Cincinatti and Dayton
Sandusky, Toledo, and the nearby Lake Erie islands (e.g. Kelleys Island, Put-In-Bay)

I also think Columbus and the surrounding area (central Ohio) is worth a few days as well, maybe 3-5 days worth. Avid hikers could probably also spend at least 3-4 days (maybe even a full week) in southeastern Ohio visiting Hocking Hills State Park and Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve.

American Sign Museum in Cincinatti    National Museum of the U.S. Air Force    Target Field / Minnesota Twins   
American Sign Museum in Cincinnati    Nat. Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton    Target Field in Minneapolis

For a comprehensive travel guide to Ohio, click here.


OKLAHOMA



If you combine the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa I think you can easily fill a weeks' worth of your time. There are many excellent museums in these two cities. Oklahoma City also has the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa

OK Route 66 sign    Route 66 Museum    the Golden Driller of Tulsa   
OK Route 66 sign    Route 66 Museum in Clinton    the Golden Driller of Tulsa

For a comprehensive travel guide to Oklahoma, click here.


OREGON



Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and so it's fairly simple to plan a week-long vacation there. Here are some one week vacation ideas for Oregon:

Bend, Sisters, and more of central Oregon
Crater Lake National Park and more of southcentral Oregon
Oregon northern coastline
Oregon southern coastline
Portland, Hood River, and the Columbia River Gorge

There are also several national forests in Oregon where outdoors-loving people could fill an entire week.

For a comprehensive travel guide to Oregon, click here.


PENNSYLVANIA



There are three areas in Pennsylvania that I suspect most would thoroughly enjoy spending a week in. They include:

Amish country (e.g. Lancaster, Intercourse, Bird-in-Hand), Hershey, and Gettysburg
Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania (e.g. Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge)
Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania

Sesame Place amusement park    Sonny's Famous Cheesesteaks    Amish/Dutch Country roadside attraction   
Sesame Place near Philadelphia    Sonny's Famous Cheesesteaks in Philly    Amish/Dutch Country

For a comprehensive travel guide to Pennsylvania, click here.


RHODE ISLAND



If you split seven days between Newport, Jamestown, and Block Island, I think you could patch together a fine week-long trip in Rhode Island. You could also spend 1-2 days in the Providence area too (e.g. cycle the outstanding East Bay Bike Path)

Newport, Jamestown, and Block Island

East Bay Bike Path    Cliff Walk in Newport    downtown Newport   
East Bay Bike Path in Bristol    Cliff Walk in Newport    downtown Newport

For a comprehensive travel guide to Rhode Island, click here.


SOUTH CAROLINA



South Carolina has a few areas where you could spend a week. They include:

Charleston and its nearby beaches (e.g. Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island)
Greenville and the western unit of Sumter National Forest
Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Murrells Inlet
Hilton Head Island and Savannah (GA)

buildings in Charleston    Hilton Head Island    Angel Oak tree   
buildings in Charleston    Hilton Head Island    Angel Oak tree near Charleston

For a comprehensive travel guide to South Carolina, click here.


SOUTH DAKOTA



The Black Hills region of South Dakota is one of my very favorite areas of the country, and spending an entire week there makes for a highly memorable experience.

Black Hills region, Wall Drug store, and Badlands National Park

Buffalo in Wind Cave National Park    Badlands National Park    Mt. Rushmore   
Buffalo in Wind Cave National Park    Badlands National Park    Mt. Rushmore

For a comprehensive travel guide to South Dakota, click here.


TENNESSEE



I could spend a week in a few areas of Tennessee, including:

Great Smoky Mountains National park and the surrounding towns (e.g. Pigeon Forge, Gatlingburg, and Sevierville)
Nashville and Franklin
Chattanooga and northern Georgia (e.g. Helen, Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, and various state parks)

Broadway Street in Nashville    Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge    the lively downtown Gatlinburg area   
Broadway Street in Nashville    Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge    the lively downtown Gatlinburg area

For a comprehensive travel guide to Tennessee, click here.


TEXAS



Texas is enormous, and there are several areas where I think you could set up base camp to explore for a week. They include:

Austin, Fredericksburg, and San Antonio
Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth
Western Texas (e.g. Big Bend NP, Guadalupe NP, Davis Mountains SP) and southern New Mexico (e.g. Carlsbad Caverns NP, White Sands NP)

I'm torn on whether to include the combination of Houston and Galverson in the above list. Some would say that area is absolutely worth a week, but I see that as a 3-5 day destination. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you could easily spend an entire week in Big Bend National Park and the surrounding area alone.

the top of Guadalupe Peak    Big Bend National Park    San Antonio River Walk   
the top of Guadalupe Peak    Big Bend National Park    San Antonio River Walk

For a comprehensive travel guide to Texas, click here.


UTAH



Utah has my heart and I try to spend at least one week there each year. Here are some areas that you can easily stay for a week in Utah:

Moab, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands NP
Salt Lake City, Park City, and the surrounding mountains / national forest
Southcentral Utah (e.g. UT-12, Bryce Canyon NP, Grand Staircase NM, and Capitol Reef NP)
St. George, Springdale, and Zion National Park
Kanab and Page (AZ)

If you are an avid hiker, there are several other places in Utah were you could also spend a full week.

Bryce Canyon National Park    Lower Calf Creek Falls    Corona Arch near Moab   
Bryce Canyon National Park    Lower Calf Creek Falls    Corona Arch near Moab

For a comprehensive travel guide to Utah, click here.


VERMONT



Vermont is a gorgeous state and spending a week in the Burlington, Shelburne, and Stowe area would be a week well spent.

Burlington, Shelburne, and Stowe

You could probably also spend a week driving up the entire scenic highway VT 100 from the Massachusetts border to near the Canadian border. This is one of the best scenic drives in the Northeast. I would spend a night in a new place each night (or maybe 2 nights in each place).

Moss Glen Falls in Granville off VT100    Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury    Steamboat Ticonderoga   
Bingham Falls in Stowe    Ben & Jerry's in Waterbury    Steamboat Ticonderoga in Shelburne

For a comprehensive travel guide to Vermont, click here.


VIRGINIA



There are a few areas in Virginia that I would spend a week, including:

Blue Ridge Parkway (and all of the diversions off of it)
Shenandoah National Park and Charlottesville
Williamsburg

cave scenery in Virginia    Natural Bridge    Virginia Beach   
cave scenery in Virginia    Natural Bridge    Virginia Beach

For a comprehensive travel guide to Virginia, click here.


WASHINGTON



I can think of a few regions of Washington state that are worthy of a week-long vacation:

Mt. Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park, Central Cascades region, Leavenworth, and Winthrop
Olympic National Park and the Olympic Peninsula region (e.g. Port Townsend)
Seattle and Tacoma

alpine scenery near Leavenworth    North Cascades Scenic Highway    Mount Rainier National Park   
alpine scenery near Leavenworth    North Cascades Scenic Highway    Mount Rainier National Park

For a comprehensive travel guide to Washington, click here.


WASHINGTON D.C.



It's very easy to spend a full week in Washington D.C. if you enjoy museums and memorials.

For a comprehensive travel guide to Washington D.C., click here.


WEST VIRGINIA



If you enjoy the great outdoors, spending a week in West Virginia is highly recommended. Here's one suggested area:

Monongahela National Forest and northeastern West Virginia (e.g. Harpers Ferry)

You could also probably spend a full week exploring southern and central West Virginia together. You should include New River Gorge National Park in that if you do.

For a comprehensive travel guide to West Virginia, click here.


WISCONSIN



There are two areas in Wisconsin that I highly recommend spending a full week in:

Green Bay and Door County
Madison, Baraboo, and Wisconsin Dells

House on the Rock    one of Wisconsin's cheese shops    Devil's Lake State Park   
House on the Rock near Madison    one of Wisconsin's cheese shops    Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo

For a comprehensive travel guide to Wisconsin, click here.


WYOMING



Northwestern Wyoming is by far the most heavily-travelled area in the state, and I think both the Grand Teton National Park/Jackson and Yellowstone National Park areas are each worthy of a full week vacation. You could also combine the two, spending 2-3 days in Grand Teton National Park/Jackson and 4-5 days in Yellowstone National Park.

Grand Teton National Park and Jackson
Yellowstone National Park and Cody

Lovers of the great outdoors could also easily spend a week in several other areas of Wyoming (e.g. Wind River Range, Bighorn Mountains, etc.).

West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone    Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone    Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody   
West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone    Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone    Cody Nite Rodeo in Cody

For a comprehensive travel guide to Wyoming, click here.


As an Amazon Associates affiliate, this website contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase any products after clicking any Amazon.com link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. I only endorse products that I have used or come recommended by trusted peers.

  Home / U.S. State Travel Guides / U.S. Vacations / U.S. National Parks / U.S. State Highpoints / U.S. Road Trip Planning
Travel & outdoor activities can be extremely dangerous. Use of this website and all of its information is at your own risk! We strongly believe in personal responsibility when it comes to staying safe. We will not be held liable for any injuries and/or death that occur.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
© www.bigroads.com / email: gparsons66@hotmail.com