12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Train to Denver Airport Station, Foot to Denver, Fly to Aspen
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Austin
— 1 day

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Denver

— 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 13th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aspen tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Aspen is little chillier than Denver - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 16th (Mon), stroll through The Narrows.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Zion National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in August; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 17th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center and then take in the pleasant sights at The Trail of Time. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. When traveling from Zion National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, shop like a local with The Strip, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and try your luck at Casino At The Venetian.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get much warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

San Antonio

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get in on the family fun at SeaWorld and then don't miss a visit to Main Plaza.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to San Antonio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to San Antonio due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in San Antonio are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Austin

— 1 day

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the striking features of The Driskill, then look for all kinds of wild species at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, and then explore the activities along Barton Springs Pool.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 98°F in August, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.