37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

37 days in Continental USA Itinerary

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Dodge City
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Denver
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Twin Falls
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Seattle
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Portland
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San Francisco
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San Diego
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Sedona
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Zion National Park
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Moab
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Santa Fe
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Galveston, Galveston Island
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Hot Springs
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Dodge City

— 1 night
Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County, Kansas, United States, named after nearby Fort Dodge. To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dodge City online tour itinerary planner.

Saint Louis to Dodge City is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Dodge City

Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

You can drive from Dodge City to Denver in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dodge City in July since evenings lows in Denver dip to 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Twin Falls.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Golf

Side Trips

Twin Falls

— 2 nights
Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sawtooth National Forest, stroll around Centennial Waterfront Park, then get a new perspective on things with AWOL Adventure Sports, then examine the collection at Herrett Center for Arts and Science, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Rock Creek Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Twin Falls planner.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Twin Falls takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Seattle.

Things to do in Twin Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Trails

Seattle

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, engage your brain at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, explore the activities along Lake Union, then immerse yourself in nature at Saint Edward State Park, and finally walk around Juanita Bay Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Seattle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Twin Falls to Seattle in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Twin Falls to Seattle due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Twin Falls, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Seattle, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Parks · Tours · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Portland

— 2 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.
On the 16th (Fri), play a few rounds at Eagle Landing Par 3 - Mini - Soccer Golf Course.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Portland day trip tool.

You can drive from Seattle to Portland in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to San Francisco.

Things to do in Portland

Outdoors · Parks · Golf · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): cast your line with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Museum of Ice Cream, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grace Cathedral, browse the exhibits of The Marine Mammal Center, then kick back and relax at Muir Beach, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tamalpais State Park. On the next day, stroll through Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, stroll through Half Moon Bay State Beach, stroll through Fitzgerald J V Marine Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mavericks, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Miramar Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Portland to San Francisco takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Portland in July, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 73°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to San Diego.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
On the 22nd (Thu), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Torrey Pines State Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Swami's Beach, then kick back and relax at Moonlight State Beach, and finally bet on a winner at Del Mar Race Track. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Coronado Dog Beach, identify plant and animal life at Shell Beach, then kick back and relax at Windansea Beach, then kick back and relax at Ocean Beach Dog Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mission Beach Boardwalk.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to San Diego takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in San Diego when traveling from San Francisco in July, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sedona

— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Doe Mountain Trail and Humphrey's Peak. Visiting Snoopy Rock and San Francisco Peaks will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Jerome (Jerome State Historic Park & Douglas Mansion), Flagstaff (Photography Tours & Northern Arizona University) and Arizona Copper Art Museum (in Clarkdale). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Crescent Moon Picnic Site, learn about winemaking at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room, hike along Brin's Mesa Trail, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sedona day trip tool.

You can drive from San Diego to Sedona in 8 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sedona in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Thu) before leaving for Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Nightlife

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon, hike along Riverside Walk, then stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pa'rus Trail, and finally cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park driving holiday planner.

You can take a shuttle from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 10 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Newspaper Rock Recreation Site and Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage. Explore hidden gems such as Windows and Potash Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: The Needles (in Canyonlands National Park) and Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace, Tunnel Arch, &more). The adventure continues: stroll through Double Arch, explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, hike along Park Avenue Trail, and make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Moab trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Moab, with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 3 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.
On the 5th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Randall Davey Audubon Center, admire the natural beauty at Santa Fe Botanical Garden, examine the collection at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, then examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, then hike along Dale Ball Trails, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Keshi, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and finally walk around Old Fort Marcy Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe travel planner.

You can drive from Moab to Santa Fe in 7.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Moab in August, with highs in Santa Fe at 84°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Galveston, Galveston Island

— 3 nights

The Oleander City

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and East Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Surfside Beach and East End Historic District. Change things up with these side-trips from Galveston: Armand Bayou Nature Center (in Pasadena), San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site (in La Porte) and Stingray Reef 215 Kipp Ave (in Kemah). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Stewart Beach, head outdoors with Texas City Dike, explore the different monuments and memorials at Old City Cemetery, and don't miss a visit to Galveston's 61st Street Fishing Pier.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galveston tour planning site.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Galveston in 16.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe to Galveston, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Galveston: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 80°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hot Springs.

Things to do in Galveston

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hot Springs

— 2 nights

Valley of the Vapors

Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountain Valley Spring Water Visitor Center & Museum and Medical Arts Building. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Nebo State Park and Hot Springs Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hot Springs: Museum of Automobiles (in Morrilton), DeGray Lake Resort State Park (in Bismarck) and Lake Dardanelle State Park (in Dardanelle). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Lake Catherine State Park, get in on the family fun at Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf, make a trip to Arkansas Walk of Fame, and see the interesting displays at Tiny Town.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hot Springs travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Galveston to Hot Springs takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Galveston in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Hot Springs, with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hot Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · Entertainment Centers
The Sunflower State
Generally considered the geographical center of the country, Kansas is a state rich in history, having served as home to diverse Native American tribes for thousands of years before European settlement. Once called "Bleeding Kansas" because of violent clashes between abolitionists and pro-slavery settlers, Kansas now carries the nickname the "Sunflower State," earned because of its massive production of sunflowers, corn, wheat, and sorghum. In addition to agriculture, the state is also known as an aviation hub. Sightseeing is easy, as wide-open spaces dominate the landscape of the western two-thirds of the state, which includes some of the only remaining native tallgrass prairie in the nation. Eastern Kansas contains rolling hills and most of the major cities, which draw tourism with their lively art, nightlife, and music scenes.

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.

Idaho travel guide

4.6
River Rafting & Tubing · Bodies of Water · Waterfalls
The Gem State
The mountainous state of Idaho houses some of the country's largest stretches of unspoiled nature. There are plenty of opportunities for adventurous holidays here, with rapids, canyons, snow-capped mountains, expansive lakes, and waterfalls higher than Niagara Falls. Those on vacation with access to a car can enjoy some of the most scenic drives in the nation while traversing Idaho's rugged landscape. Boise, the state's capital and most populous city, provides cultural attractions such as museums, galleries, and theater. The students of Boise State University contribute to the city's vibrant and growing nightlife scene.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.

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.

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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.5
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.