30 days in Continental USA Itinerary

30 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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New Orleans
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Austin
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San Antonio
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
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Santa Fe
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Sedona
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
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San Francisco
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Portland
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Seattle
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Jackson Hole
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New Orleans

— 3 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.
New Orleans is known for historic sites, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The National WWII Museum, walk around New Orleans City Park, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, and contemplate the long history of Our Sacred Stories.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New Orleans trip planner.

New York City to New Orleans is an approximately 6.5-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. Traveling from New York City in October, New Orleans is a bit warmer at night with lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Austin.

Things to do in New Orleans

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, get interesting insight from Bike and Brew ATX, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. On your second day here, gain insight at University of Texas at Austin, admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, then take in the views from Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, then shop like a local with Wild About Music, and finally admire the striking features of The Driskill.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Austin holiday site.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Austin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from New Orleans in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Austin: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 7th (Wed), learn insider's secrets on Cottonwood Wine Tours, then steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and then shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Institute of Texan Cultures, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, then take in nature's colorful creations at San Antonio Botanical Garden, and finally admire the masterpieces at McNay Art Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in October, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums · Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
On the 9th (Fri), take a memorable tour with The Broadmoor Soaring Adventure, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

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Fly from San Antonio to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Antonio to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from San Antonio in October, with highs in Colorado Springs at 67°F and lows at 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums

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 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and then enjoy unforgettable views with Santa Fe Balloon Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, head off-road at Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, and then take a pleasant ride with Vision Quest Western Horseback Rides & Lessons.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe day trip planning tool.

Getting from Denver to Santa Fe by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Santa Fe are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Sedona

— 2 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): hike along Broken Arrow Trail, then see Off-Road Tours, and then cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona trip planning tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Sedona in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in October; daily highs in Sedona reach 77°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Disneyland Park (in Anaheim) and Bergamot Station (in Santa Monica). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles tour itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Sedona to Los Angeles in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Sedona to Los Angeles, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sedona in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Los Angeles, with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, contemplate the long history of Alcatraz Island, and get great views at Twin Peaks.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read San Francisco tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in October: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 73°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Portland.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Portland

— 3 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Go for a jaunt from Portland to Stevenson to see Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour about 1 hour away. Dedicate the 24th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Powell's City of Books, get interesting insight from Volcano Lands - Private Tours, take in nature's colorful creations at International Rose Test Garden, and take an unforgettable tour with Envi Adventures.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Portland travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Portland takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Portland at 66°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Seattle.

Things to do in Portland

Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Seattle

— 4 nights

Emerald City

Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Seattle is known for museums, parks, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, look for all kinds of wild species at Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, look for gifts at Elliott Bay Book Company, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Seattle Aquarium.

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You can drive from Portland to Seattle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Jackson Hole

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Grand Teton. Here are some ideas for day two: add some fun to your beach time Fish The Fly Guide Service & Travel.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jackson Hole trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Seattle to Jackson Hole in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Seattle in October, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Jackson Hole: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 28°F at night. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oregon travel guide

4.5
Gardens · State Parks · Specialty Museums
A land of many faces, Oregon is at once a state of rugged rocky coastlines and deep forests, as well as vibrant cities and small towns packed with award-winning restaurants and trendy shops. With nearly half of its land covered by dense fir, redwood, and pine forests, the state protects varied plant and animal life inside three national parks. In addition to pristine waterfalls, beaches, and lakes perfect for a holiday in nature, Oregon also offers numerous urban tourist attractions. Portland, the state's largest metropolis, notably includes more breweries than any other city in the world, and its central location makes it an ideal base for day trips to Oregon's emerging wine region and many parks.

Washington State travel guide

4.2
Art Museums · Observation Decks · Specialty Museums
The Evergreen State
A state with two distinct faces, Washington features a landscape split apart by the Cascade Mountains, separating the damp forested areas to the west from the irrigated farmland to the east. Named after the country's first president, Washington is the second most populous state in the western United States. Nearly 60 percent of its population lives in the Seattle metropolitan area, one of the state's most popular holiday destinations. A land of over 1,000 dams, Washington is a leading producer of products as diverse as wine, lumber, apples, hops, pears, and potatoes. A big contributor to the nation's manufacturing industries, the state also boasts a cosmopolitan culture with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and a selection of small cafes, bars, and restaurants.

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.