10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner
Make it your trip
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Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Las Vegas
Las Vegas
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San Francisco
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Jackson Hole
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Rapid City
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Moab — 1 day

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab travel itinerary planner.

Des Moines to Moab is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Moab. When traveling from Des Moines in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Moab: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Las Vegas.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Las Vegas — 1 night

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, then try to win big at Wynn Las Vegas, and finally see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas driving holiday app.

Getting from Moab to Las Vegas by combination of car and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Moab in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly to San Francisco.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

San Francisco — 1 night

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 9th (Wed), wander the streets of Chinatown, stroll through Alcatraz Island, then steep yourself in history at SS Jeremiah O'Brien, and finally snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online holiday maker.

You can fly from Las Vegas to San Francisco in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit cooler, around 59°F, while days are colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Portland.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Portland — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, then admire the natural beauty at International Rose Test Garden, then get outside with Portland Timbers, and finally look for gifts at Powell's City of Books.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Portland day trip website.

You can fly from San Francisco to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Portland, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Boise.
Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Boise — 1 night

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Old Idaho Penitentiary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Boise River Greenbelt.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Boise travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Portland to Boise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Boise is 1 hour. When traveling from Portland in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Boise: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Jackson Hole.
Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Jackson Hole — 1 night

The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 12th (Sat), get a dose of the wild on Ana's Grand Excursions and then stroll through Laurance Rockefeller Preserve.

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Traveling by flight from Boise to Jackson Hole takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. When traveling from Boise in August, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly to Rapid City.
Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Rapid City — 1 night

South Dakota's second-largest city, Rapid City has for many years served as a gateway to the West.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): visit Downtown Rapid City and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Country USA.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rapid City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Jackson Hole to Rapid City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Jackson Hole in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rapid City, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to fly to Denver.
Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Denver — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Rapid City to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Omaha.
Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Omaha — 1 night

A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): shop like a local with Old Market and then catch a live performance at Henry Doorly Zoo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha trip planning tool.

You can fly from Denver to Omaha in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Denver to Omaha, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Omaha. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Dubuque.
Nightlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Dubuque — 1 night

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Fenelon Place Elevator Co. and then examine the collection at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dubuque vacation maker app.

You can fly from Omaha to Dubuque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Omaha in August; daily highs in Dubuque reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.
Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Utah travel guide

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.

Nevada travel guide

Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.

California travel guide

Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
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.

Oregon travel guide

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.

Idaho travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

South Dakota travel guide

National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Colorado travel guide

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.

Nebraska travel guide

Aquariums · History Museums · Shopping
The Cornhusker State
Situated in the heartland of America, Nebraska is home to a large number of small rural communities and masses of farmland. The state's two main cities, Omaha and Lincoln, are abuzz with youthful energy and cultural delights. Your itinerary can include a trip to the cities' museums to learn about the state's past, or tours of the area's important pioneer and Native American sites. The state's central location means that it has been crossed by many trails, but it was the California Gold Rush of 1848-1855 that originally brought large numbers of non-indigenous people to the area. Scenic river valleys offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor vacation activities, while Nebraska's agricultural towns charm visitors with their all-American spirit.

Iowa travel guide

Casinos · History Museums · Specialty Museums
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."