10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Denver
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online journey builder.

Houston to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Albuquerque is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Houston in July, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Page.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip


— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in breathtaking views at Antelope Canyon, then get great views at Horseshoe Bend, and finally enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon - Indoor Shooting Experience. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the activities along Lake Powell, and then take in the views from Navajo Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Page road trip planning website.

You can fly from Albuquerque to Page in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in July, with highs in Page at 98°F and lows at 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip


— 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 15th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moab trip builder.

You can drive from Page to Moab in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Page in July since evenings lows in Moab dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature


— 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stop by Hotel de Paris Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Denver in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moab in July; daily highs in Denver reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (Tunnel Drive & River Rafting & Tubing) and Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor). There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and browse the collection at Colorado Springs Public Library - East Library.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online holiday maker.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

New Mexico travel guide

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.

Arizona travel guide

Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
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

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.

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.