17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

17 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Oklahoma City
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Austin
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 2 nights
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Hot Springs
— 2 nights
Drive to Fayetteville, Fly to New York La Guardia

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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the world behind art at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and then see the interesting displays at National Softball Hall of Fame. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Old Cathedral, then make a trip to Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then squeeze the most out of the city with Ride OKC.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oklahoma City trip planner.

New York City to Oklahoma City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oklahoma City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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.
On the 16th (Wed), go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver itinerary planner.

Fly from Oklahoma City to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Oklahoma City to Denver. Traveling from Oklahoma City in June, expect Denver to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Outdoors · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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.
Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor) and Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel route website.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trips

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 21st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, trek along Canyon Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. June in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

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 23rd (Wed): learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in June, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Austin.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Austin

— 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus) and Garrison Brothers Distillery (in Hye). There's lots more to do: witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, learn the secrets of beer at Bike and Brew ATX, and grab your bike and head to Barton Creek Greenbelt.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Austin road trip planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Austin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Albuquerque in June since evenings lows in Austin dip to 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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 27th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and then learn insider's secrets on Cottonwood Wine Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then get in on the family fun at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, then steep yourself in history at Mission San Jose, and finally take in the history at Mission Espada.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Antonio attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Wineries

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at The Yoga Place, explore the activities along Lake Ouachita, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anthony Chapel, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Garvan Woodland Gardens.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Hot Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Antonio to Hot Springs in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from San Antonio in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hot Springs: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Oklahoma travel guide

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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.

Colorado travel guide

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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.

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.

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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
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.