12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

12 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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New Orleans
— 3 nights
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Eureka Springs
— 2 nights


New Orleans

— 3 nights

The Big Easy

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, walk around New Orleans City Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, and appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read New Orleans road trip website.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to New Orleans is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New Orleans when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 83°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, hike along Canyon Trail, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, indulge in some personalized pampering at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe online travel planner.

Fly from New Orleans to Santa Fe in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from New Orleans in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Fe, with highs around 89°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Cañon City (Tunnel Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take a memorable tour with Tours, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Santa Fe in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Oklahoma City

— 1 night

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the masterpieces at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, then don't miss a visit to Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at Ride OKC.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Oklahoma City trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Oklahoma City, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Eureka Springs

— 2 nights

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Eureka Springs road trip tool.

You can drive from Oklahoma City to Eureka Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in June: highs in Eureka Springs hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Louisiana travel guide

Historic Walking Areas · Nightlife · Military Museums
The Pelican State
With a landscape of deltas, marshes, and swamps formed by the sediments of the Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to rich native plant and animal life, including rare species of tree frogs, ibis, and egrets. The state's urban areas, most notably the historical city of New Orleans, are some of its most popular attractions and boast a varied multicultural and multilingual heritage, strongly influenced by a mix of French, Spanish, Native American, and African cultures. Native Louisianans proudly cling to their distinctive dialects and musical traditions, offering visitors a chance to explore one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. The homeland of both Cajun and Creole cuisines, Louisiana remains a top holiday destination for foodies from around the world.

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.

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Arkansas travel guide

State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.