26 days in United States Itinerary

26 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Key West
— 4 nights
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Washington DC
— 4 nights
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Boston
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Fort Worth
— 3 nights
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Key West

— 4 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Get some historical perspective at Saint Mary Star of the Sea and Fort Zachary Taylor. Get a sense of the local culture at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Truman Little White House. Explore Key West's surroundings by going to Bahia Honda State Park (in Big Pine Key), The Turtle Hospital (in Marathon) and Dolphin Research Center (in Grassy Key). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire all the interesting features of The Overseas Highway, and visit a coastal fixture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Key West day trip planning tool.

Dallas to Key West is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, taxi, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Key West is 1 hour. While traveling from Dallas, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Key West, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Washington DC

— 4 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National Portrait Gallery. Explore hidden gems such as Capitol Hill and Smithsonian Institution Building. Venture out of the city with trips to Gettysburg (Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center & Gettysburg National Military Park). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of National Mall, appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial, steep yourself in history at Arlington National Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Key West to Washington DC takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Washington DC when traveling from Key West in August, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Boston.

Things to do in Washington DC

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Boston

— 4 nights

Beantown

Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
Visiting Ogunquit Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Marginal Way Walkway and The Breakers. Change things up with these side-trips from Boston: Hampton Beach State Park (in Hampton) and Cliff Walk (in Newport). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Bunker Hill Monument, stop by North End, browse the different shops at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Boston Public Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Boston trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Washington DC to Boston in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in August, with highs in Boston at 81°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boston

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 3 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trail Ridge Road and Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Get outdoors at Off-Road Tours and Horseback Riding Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Bear Lake (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Estes Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Boston to Estes Park by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Boston to Estes Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in August, you will find days in Estes Park are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are slightly colder (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 19th (Wed), trek along Hanging Lake Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Golf at River Valley Ranch and then hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Classes · Golf

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Sheep Creek Trail and then see Off-Road Tours.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Buena Vista road trip planning app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Cliff Palace and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Off-Road Tours and Zipline. Step out of Durango to go to Mesa Verde National Park and see Farming Terraces, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. It doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durango road trip site.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Durango in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fort Worth.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trip

Fort Worth

— 3 nights

Where the West Begins

Advertising itself as the place where the American West begins, Fort Worth stubbornly clings to its cowboy roots, making it a distinctly different town from most other urban centers of its size.
Sundance Square and Fort Worth Botanic Garden will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Kimbell Art Museum and American Airlines CR Smith Museum. Take a break from Fort Worth with a short trip to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Fort Worth Water Gardens, get to know the resident critters at Fort Worth Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and look for gifts at Schakolad Chocolate Factory.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fort Worth trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Fort Worth takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Fort Worth, ranging from highs of 97°F to lows of 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Fort Worth

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

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.