43 days in Continental USA Itinerary

43 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Page
— 3 nights
Shuttle to Kanab, UT- Glazier's Market, Drive to Zion National Park
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
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Moab
— 5 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 15th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Phoenix is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Phoenix, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Phoenix to be much hotter, temps between 47°C and 33°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
When in Sedona, make a side trip to see Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale, approximately Clarkdale away. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sedona itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Phoenix in August: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 37°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 22nd (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along North Kaibab Trail, get great views at Hopi Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Page

— 3 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Get out of town with these interesting Page side-trips: Marble Canyon (Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Coyote Buttes (in Big Water). There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, have fun at Gunfighter Canyon, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Page trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, expect Page to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 4 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's lots more to do: trek along Angel's Landing, take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and stroll through Canyon Overlook Trail.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and car from Page to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Page in August, plan for little chillier nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Moab

— 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace & Delicate Arch). On the 2nd (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, hike along Double Arch, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Moab tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moab, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Rocky Mountain National Park (Tundra Communities Trail, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park road trip site.

You can fly from Moab to Estes Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Estes Park, with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 10th (Fri), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and then walk around Crown Hill Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 5 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive), Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). Pack the 15th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Taos

— 3 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Turquoise Trout (in Angel Fire), Hunziger Bowl (in Taos Ski Valley) and Red River (Kenneth Wyatt Gallery, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Grande Gorge, and get a taste of the local shopping with 203 Fine Art.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Taos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in September since evenings lows in Taos dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 4 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Santa Fe Indian Market, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Santa Fe online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in September, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in September since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
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.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.