25 days in Continental USA Itinerary

25 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States attractions planner

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Phoenix
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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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 5th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with The Source, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Denver journey planning app.

Bowling Green to Denver is an approximately 18-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Bowling Green to Denver is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bowling Green in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: stop by Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip website.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jackson Hole

— 3 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Visit Chapel of the Transfiguration and Mormon Row Historic District for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Grand Teton and Laurance Rockefeller Preserve. Step out of Jackson Hole with an excursion to 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive in Grand Teton National Park--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Wildlife Art, make a trip to Town Square, and take in the exciting artwork at Hines Goldsmiths.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jackson Hole trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Jackson Hole by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Jackson Hole to be little chillier, temps between 79°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 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.
Get outdoors at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. Kids will enjoy Grand Prismatic Spring and Yellowstone Lake. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, trek along Lewis Falls, and take a memorable drive along Firehole Canyon Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jackson Hole in July, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 73°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moab.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Attractions like Arches National Park and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from the city and head to Delicate Arch and Double Arch. Step out of Moab to go to Canyonlands National Park and see Island in the Sky, which is approximately 56 minutes away.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yellowstone National Park to Moab takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, things will get much warmer in Moab: highs are around 97°F and lows about 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Moab to Phoenix in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moab in July, with highs in Phoenix at 106°F and lows at 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums
Highlights from your trip

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 24th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza.

Before you visit Santa Fe, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Santa Fe takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in July, you will find days in Santa Fe are little chillier (88°F), and nights are colder (60°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

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.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. On your second day here, get curious at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque route site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

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.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
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.

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.

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.