36 days in United States Itinerary

36 days in United States Itinerary

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36 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Commerce Township
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Michigan City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Lincoln
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
12
Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
13
Tucson
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
14
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
15
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
16
Big Bend National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
17
Hot Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Commerce Township

1
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Michigan City

Michigan City ©
Michigan City is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States. On the 3rd (Mon), kick back and relax at Michigan City Beach, identify plant and animal life at Cowles Bog, and then go for a walk through Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Butler Winery, explore the world behind art at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, then see the interesting displays at Old Lighthouse Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Shoreline Brewery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Michigan City trip itinerary planning tool .

Commerce Township to Michigan City is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Commerce Township to Michigan City. In August, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Michigan City

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Chesterton
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Cowles Bog ©
Cowles Bog
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve ©
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Old Lighthouse Museum ©
Old Lighthouse Museum

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Lincoln

Lincoln ©
Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Catholic Church, pause for some photo ops at Nebraska State Holocaust Memorial, get engrossed in the history at American Historical Society of Germans From Russia Museum and Library, then stop by Licorice International, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Boiler Brewing Company.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Lincoln trip itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Michigan City to Lincoln. When traveling from Michigan City in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lincoln, with highs around 85°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Lincoln

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries
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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Escape the urban bustle at Emerald Lake Trail and Bear Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cub Lake Trail and Rock Cut Brewing Company. There's much more to do: cruise along Trail Ridge Road, trek along Twin Sisters Peaks Trail, stop by Brownfield's, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

Drive from Lincoln to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lincoln in August, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Estes Park
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): hike along High Dune Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel route planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rocky Mountain National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

2
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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail and then examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take a memorable drive along South Rim Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tomichi Point, and then take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Double O Arch, then trek along Park Avenue Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Arches National Park Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch and then explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in August; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 92°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 15th (Sat), trek along White Rim Trail. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, then hike along Pothole Point Trail, and finally cruise along White Rim Road.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip planner .

Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
White Rim Road ©
White Rim Road
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

2
nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): hike along Chimney Rock Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in August, with highs in Capitol Reef National Park at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Water Pocket Fold ©
Water Pocket Fold
Behunin Cabin ©
Behunin Cabin
Fruita Schoolhouse ©
Fruita Schoolhouse

2
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 19th (Wed), hike along Rim Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop and then explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Narrows and then stroll through Riverside Walk.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park journey planning site .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 90°F and lows are around 54°F. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Sun) before leaving for Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
On the 24th (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Devil's Playground, identify plant and animal life at Crystal Forest Loop, and then steep yourself in history at Agate House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Long Logs Loop and then learn more about the world around you at Rainbow Forest Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park planner .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect nights in Petrified Forest National Park to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Crystal Forest Trail ©
Crystal Forest Trail
Agate House ©
Agate House
Rainbow Forest Museum ©
Rainbow Forest Museum

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Tucson

Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and Saguaro National Park. You'll explore and learn at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and Museum of the Horse Soldier. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Tucson Mountain Park, immerse yourself in nature at Catalina State Park, and admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

To plan Tucson vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Petrified Forest National Park to Tucson in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in August, expect nights in Tucson to be much hotter, around 73°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 96°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
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Saguaro National Park ©
Saguaro National Park
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ©
Tucson Mountain Park ©
Tucson Mountain Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
On the 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinery Trail, then stroll through Permian Reef Geology Trail, and then trek along Devil's Hall Trail. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then steep yourself in history at Frijole Ranch, and then take in the awesome beauty at Guadalupe Peak.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip builder .

You can drive from Tucson to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tucson in August: high temperatures in Guadalupe Mountains National Park hover around 86°F and lows are around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Frijole Ranch ©
Frijole Ranch

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 31st (Mon), explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail.

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Traveling by car from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in August, expect nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be about the same, around 69°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Tours
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Visiting Cattail Falls Trail and Lajitas Zipline will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dug Out Wells Picnic Area and Nature Trail and Closed Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Big Bend National Park - Fossil Bone Exhibit and make a trip to Abandoned Contrabando Movie Set.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Big Bend National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Big Bend National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in September, with highs in Big Bend National Park at 92°F and lows at 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Cattail Falls Trail ©
Cattail Falls Trail
Closed Canyon ©
Closed Canyon

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Anthony Chapel and Lake Catherine State Park. Fordyce Bathhouse Vistor Center and Medical Arts Building will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Ouachita National Forest, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grand Promenade, and see the interesting displays at The Galaxy Connection.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hot Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Big Bend National Park to Hot Springs takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Big Bend National Park in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Anthony Chapel ©
Anthony Chapel
Ouachita National Forest ©
Ouachita National Forest
Grand Promenade ©
Grand Promenade

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