18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

18 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 1 day
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Escalante
— 1 night
Drive
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Page
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marble Canyon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Teton National Park
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe

— 1 day

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 12th (Sun), witness a stunning natural landmark at Ten Thousand Waves.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

Portland to Santa Fe is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in June, expect nights in Santa Fe to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Spas · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Durango day trip website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Durango takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, plan for little chillier nights in Durango, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Adventure

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Windows and Landscape Arch. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Grandstaff Canyon Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace & Tunnel Arch). There's still lots to do: trek along Balanced Rock Trail, cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Avenue Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Moab online journey builder.

Drive from Durango to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Durango in June, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 95°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Escalante

— 1 night
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. On the 18th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park and then take in breathtaking views at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center.

To find out how to plan a trip to Escalante, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Moab to Escalante takes 5 hours. Traveling from Moab in June, you will find days in Escalante are slightly colder (79°F), and nights are cooler (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks · Nature

Page

— 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Page online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Page takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Escalante in June, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Page: temperatures range from 96°F by day to 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Marble Canyon.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Marble Canyon

— 3 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): get outside with Northern Arizona Guide Service, take a memorable drive along Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Kaibab National Forest, contemplate the long history of Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge (Blanche Russell Rock House), then trek along Cathedral Wash Trail, and finally take in breathtaking views at Marble Canyon.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Marble Canyon trip planner.

You can drive from Page to Marble Canyon in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Marble Canyon

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Plan my day in Grand Teton National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Marble Canyon to Grand Teton National Park takes 12.5 hours. Traveling from Marble Canyon in June, expect Grand Teton National Park to be cooler, temps between 72°F and 39°F. You'll set off for Yellowstone National Park on the 23rd (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Upper Geyser Basin and Firehole Canyon Drive. Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Midway Geyser Basin, head outdoors with Morning Glory Pool, contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aurum Geyser.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in June; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 66°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.

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

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.

Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · Wildlife Areas · River Rafting & Tubing
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.