31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route builder

Make it your trip
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Montgomery
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sarasota
— 4 nights
Drive
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Fort Myers
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sanibel Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Everglades City
— 1 night
Fly
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Phoenix
— 6 nights
Fly
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Montgomery

— 4 nights
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. state of Alabama and is the county seat of Montgomery County. Montgomery is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at National Memorial for Peace and Justice, explore the world behind art at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, get engrossed in the history at Equal Justice Initiative, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montgomery tour itinerary planning site.

Joplin to Montgomery is an approximately 11-hour car ride. You can also fly. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Joplin in January: high temperatures in Montgomery hover around 57°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Sarasota.

Things to do in Montgomery

Historic Sites · Museums

Sarasota

— 4 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. Take a break from Sarasota with a short trip to Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The Ringling, look for gifts at Mixon Fruit Farms, browse the different shops at St. Armands Circle, and stroll through Myakka River State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sarasota trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Montgomery to Sarasota in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Montgomery to Sarasota due to the time zone difference. In January, Sarasota is somewhat warmer than Montgomery - with highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Myers

— 4 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Fort Myers: Naples (Corkscrew Swamp, Naples Pier, &more), Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach) and Fishing Charters & Tours (in Punta Gorda).

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Myers itinerary app.

You can drive from Sarasota to Fort Myers in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Fort Myers can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sanibel Island.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sanibel Island

— 3 nights
Take a trip to Sanibel Island if you like pretty sunsets and luxurious resorts.
Sanibel Island is known for parks, beaches, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, visit a coastal fixture at Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and get a taste of the local shopping with Harbour View Gallery.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sanibel Island online travel planner.

You can drive from Fort Myers to Sanibel Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in January, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Sanibel Island

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Marco Island

— 3 nights
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Marco Island is known for adventure, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Tigertail Beach, stroll through South Marco Beach, and pick up some local products at Marco Island Farmers Market.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Marco Island online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sanibel Island to Marco Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Marco Island sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Everglades City.

Things to do in Marco Island

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Everglades City

— 1 night
Everglades City is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, of which it is the former county seat. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): race across the water with a speed boat tour and then see the interesting displays at Museum of the Everglades.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Everglades City holiday planning app.

Getting from Marco Island to Everglades City by car takes about an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Phoenix.

Things to do in Everglades City

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Phoenix

— 6 nights
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Phoenix: Scottsdale (Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, McDowell Sonoran Preserve, &more) and Tucson (Mission San Xavier del Bac & Pima Air and Space Museum). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, get outside with Outdoor Activities, trot along with a tour on horseback, and admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Phoenix travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Everglades City to Phoenix in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Everglades City to Phoenix. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Everglades City in January: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Taos (Taos Pueblo & Rio Grande Gorge Bridge). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe travel route planner.

Fly from Phoenix to Santa Fe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in January, expect Santa Fe to be much colder, temps between 44°F and 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

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.