10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

10 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States itinerary planner

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Ouray
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Ouray

— 1 night
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ouray trip planning site.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Ouray to be cooler, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online vacation planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, then hike along Double Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Devils Garden Trailhead, hike along Landscape Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Arches National Park: highs are around 92°F and lows about 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take some stellar pictures from Mather Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get great views at Lipan Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

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You can drive from Arches National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in August, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 80°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Sedona

— 1 night

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park and then hike along Broken Arrow Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sedona holiday planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. In August, Sedona is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Nature

Santa Fe

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and then examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in August, things will get a bit cooler in Santa Fe: highs are around 84°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites

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.

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.

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.

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.