15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

15 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sedona
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Denver
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly
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New Orleans
— 2 nights
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San Francisco

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the activities along San Francisco Bay and then get great views at Twin Peaks. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Fisherman's Wharf and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Limantour Beach.

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Saint Louis to San Francisco is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Saint Louis to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint Louis in May: highs in San Francisco hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Doe Mountain Trail and Page Springs Cellars. Step out of the city life by going to Montezuma Well and Jerome State Historic Park. Venture out of the city with trips to V-Bar-V Heritage Site (in Rimrock) and Tuzigoot National Monument (in Clarkdale). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Historic Old Town Cottonwood, stop by Kachina House, and hike along Fay Canyon Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sedona travel route builder.

You can fly from San Francisco to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Sedona, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 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 27th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. On your second day here, get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in May: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 68°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Moab trip itinerary app.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May: high temperatures in Moab hover around 76°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Moab

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip app.

Do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Colorado Springs in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in May, things will get a bit cooler in Colorado Springs: highs are around 68°F and lows about 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Antonio.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

Side Trip

San Antonio

— 1 night

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 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Alamo and then steep yourself in history at King William Historic District.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect San Antonio to be a bit warmer, temps between 93°F and 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip

New Orleans

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): take a stroll through Garden District, examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of French Quarter, and then steep yourself in history at Laura: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our New Orleans trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from San Antonio to New Orleans takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from San Antonio, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

California travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Beaches
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.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.

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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Louisiana travel guide

4.3
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.