10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

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San Antonio
— 1 day
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Austin
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Portland
— 2 nights
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Seattle
— 3 nights
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San Antonio

— 1 day

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 3rd (Fri), admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, then get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, then explore the galleries of The Alamo, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Antonio online itinerary planner.

San Francisco to San Antonio is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get a bit warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 94°F and lows about 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of LBJ Presidential Library, gain insight at University of Texas at Austin, contemplate the long history of Texas State Capitol, then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, and finally take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and then explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Austin trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Austin sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive and then hike along Arches National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Austin to Moab in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Moab. Traveling from Austin in September, expect Moab to be slightly colder, temps between 84°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Portland.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Portland

— 2 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stroll around Laurelhurst Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, then head outdoors with Portland Timbers, and finally stop by Powell's City of Books. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Lan Su Chinese Garden, admire the striking features of Pittock Mansion, and then head outdoors with Adventures Across Oregon - Guided Adventures to the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Portland trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Portland takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Moab to Portland, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moab in September, expect nights in Portland to be about the same, around 55°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Seattle

— 3 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: view the masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, wander the streets of Pike Place Market, see the interesting displays at The Museum of Flight, and look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Seattle trip planner.

You can fly from Portland to Seattle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Seattle can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · History Museums · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Galleries · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.