44 days in United States Itinerary

44 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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Kansas City
— 1 day
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Topeka
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Santa Fe
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Santa Fe
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 13 nights
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Denver
— 15 nights
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Kansas City

— 1 day

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Kansas City Zoo and then brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kansas City driving holiday planner.

Peoria to Kansas City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Topeka.

Things to do in Kansas City

Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

Topeka

— 2 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Kansas State Capitol Building, then see the interesting displays at Evel Knievel Museum, and then stroll around Gage Park. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Massachusetts Street and then let little ones run wild at Lake Shawnee.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Topeka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kansas City to Topeka in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. April in Topeka sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Moab.

Things to do in Topeka

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · 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.
Make the 4th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. And it doesn't end there: hike along Arches National Park, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions, and see Off-Road Tours.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Moab itinerary planner.

You can fly from Topeka to Moab in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Topeka in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 49°F in Moab. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

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.
Spend the 5th (Thu) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Angel's Landing, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Verkin Creek/Kolob Arch Trails, admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle.

Start your trip to Zion National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Moab to Zion National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Moab in May since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Grand Canyon National Park

— 5 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 8th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and trek along Rim Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. In May, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Zion National Park - with highs of 68°F and lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Santa Fe

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, then take in the pleasant sights at Keshi, and then take a stroll through Canyon Road.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 9 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Colorado Springs

— 13 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: Victor Lowell Thomas Museum (in Victor), Cañon City (Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, River Rafting & Tubing, &more) and Off-Road Tours (in Buena Vista). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and take an in-depth tour of U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 42°F. On the 27th (Fri), you're off to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Denver

— 15 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Photography Tours, Horseback Riding Tours, &more), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planning site.

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 May, daytime highs in Denver are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Zoos · History Museums
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.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
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.