56 days in Continental USA Itinerary

56 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Joplin
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Tulsa
— 4 nights
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Oklahoma City
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Lubbock
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 5 nights
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Roswell
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Los Alamos
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Cañon City
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Colorado Springs
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Cheyenne
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Keystone
— 3 nights
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Spearfish
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
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De Smet
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Cedar Rapids
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Joplin

— 1 night
Joplin or is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Missouri. Your day by day itinerary now includes Precious Moments Park as well as George Washington Carver National Monument. On the 1st (Mon), explore the galleries of Precious Moments Park, then get engrossed in the history at George Washington Carver National Monument, and then see the interesting displays at World's Largest Small Electric Appliance Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Joplin travel route site.

Wildwood to Joplin is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. March in Joplin sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tulsa.

Things to do in Joplin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tulsa

— 4 nights

Buckle of the Bible Belt

Sometimes known as the "Buckle of the Bible Belt," Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Praying Hands, The Cave House, Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like BOK Center and LaFortune Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Blue Dome District and Arkansas River Historical Society Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tulsa: Pawhuska (Osage Hills State Park & Osage Tribal Museum, Library and Archives). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Military History Museum, stop by The Nut House, get engrossed in the history at The Museum Broken Arrow (Broken Arrow Historical Society), and don't miss a visit to Blue Whale of Catoosa.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tulsa travel route planner.

Drive from Joplin to Tulsa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in March, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Oklahoma City

— 4 nights

The Big Friendly

Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Popular historic sites such as Henry Overholser Mansion and St. Joseph Old Cathedral are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Science Museum Oklahoma and Bricktown. Venture out of the city with trips to Arcadia (Oklahoma County Auto Trim and Mini Museum & OK County 66 - John's Place). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, stroll around E.C. Hafer Park, wander the streets of Plaza District, and see the interesting displays at Charles B. Hall Airpark.

For reviews and other tourist information, you can read our Oklahoma City online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tulsa to Oklahoma City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Oklahoma City can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lubbock.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lubbock

— 1 night
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lubbock itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Lubbock takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oklahoma City in March, you will find days in Lubbock are a bit warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Highlights from your trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been added to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Big Room and Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. Discover out-of-the-way places like King's Palace and Bottomless Pit. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Guadalupe Mountains National Park (McKittrick Canyon, Dog Canyon, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs, and explore the fascinating underground world of Slaughter Canyon Cave.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Lubbock to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lubbock to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is minus 1 hour. March in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Roswell

— 1 night
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 16th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Roswell Space Center, view the masterpieces at Tokay Beaded Art, then steep yourself in history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico, then admire the majestic nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Singing Road.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Roswell trip planner.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Albuquerque.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along La Luz Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sandia Mountains, identify plant and animal life at Cibola National Forest, then delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, and finally explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque travel app.

Getting from Roswell to Albuquerque by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Roswell, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Liquid Light Glass as well as Pecos National Historical Park. Explore hidden gems such as San Miguel Chapel and La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Santuario de Chimayo and Santa Fe National Cemetery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, hike along Dale Ball Trails, and steep yourself in history at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe holiday planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Albuquerque in March; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 61°F and lows reach 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Alamos

— 1 night
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jemez Mountains, then hit the slopes at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, then admire the natural beauty at Los Alamos Nature Center, and finally take in breathtaking views at Bandelier National Monument.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Los Alamos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Los Alamos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in March, expect nights in Los Alamos to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 56°F. On the 25th (Thu), you're off to Cañon City.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Cañon City

— 2 nights

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, Red Canyon Park and Royal Gorge Route Railroad. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an unforgettable tour with Royal Gorge Helitours, kick your exploration up a notch at Royal Gorge Zip Line Tours, then get curious at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, and finally tour in style with Royal Gorge Route Railroad.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cañon City online road trip planner.

You can fly from Los Alamos to Cañon City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Cañon City can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cañon City

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Colorado Springs

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then get outside with Colorado Wolf Adventures, then wander the streets of Old Colorado City, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Cañon City to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cañon City in March, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Cheyenne

— 2 nights
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Curt Gowdy State Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Curt Gowdy State Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cheyenne Big Boots, examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, get outside with Paul Smith Children's Village, then take an in-depth tour of Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, and finally get outside with Lincoln Highway.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cheyenne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in March: highs in Cheyenne hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Keystone.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Keystone

— 3 nights

Home Of Mount Rushmore

Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial as well as Iron Mountain Road. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): cruise along Iron Mountain Road, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, trek along Rankin Ridge Nature Trail, then Head underground at Wind Cave National Park, and finally hike along Elk Mountain Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): explore the galleries of Keystone Historical Museum, trek along Presidential Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally go for a walk through Breezy Point Picnic Area.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Keystone trip planner.

You can drive from Cheyenne to Keystone in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Cheyenne in March, expect nights in Keystone to be about the same, around 22°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Spearfish.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Spearfish

— 1 night
Spearfish is a city in Lawrence County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Historic Old Town, then get a taste of the local shopping with Termesphere Gallery, and then stroll the grounds of Black Hill National Cemetery. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Adams House, then view the masterpieces at Scott Jacobs Studio, then cruise along Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, and finally take an in-depth tour of D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Spearfish route tool.

Traveling by car from Keystone to Spearfish takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Keystone to Spearfish is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Spearfish

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Badlands National Park

— 2 nights
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Homestead Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burns Basin Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Bigfoot Pass Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of White River Valley Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Panorama Point Overlook. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cliff Shelf Nature Trailhead, get outside with Hurley Butte Horseback Riding, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saddle Pass Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yellow Mounds Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Conata Basin Overlook.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Badlands National Park trip planning app.

Drive from Spearfish to Badlands National Park in 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Spearfish to Badlands National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Spearfish, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Badlands National Park, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to De Smet.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

De Smet

— 2 nights
De Smet is a city in and the county seat of Kingsbury County, South Dakota, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes, then get engrossed in the history at De Smet Depot Museum, then stroll the grounds of De Smet Cemetery, and finally contemplate the long history of Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Lake Herman State Park and then admire the majestic nature at Oakwood Lakes State Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the De Smet road trip planning website.

You can drive from Badlands National Park to De Smet in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to De Smet due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cedar Rapids.

Things to do in De Smet

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cedar Rapids

— 17 nights
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. Escape the urban bustle at Horseshoe Mound and Devonian Fossil Gorge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Capitol Museum and National Motorcycle Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar Rapids: Fulton (De Immigrant Windmill, Heritage Canyon, &more), Decorah (Ice Cave, Dunnings Spring Park, &more) and Dyersville (St. Francis Basilica & National Farm Toy Museum). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill & Scholte House, sample the fine beverages at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, explore the engaging exhibits at The Iowa Children's Museum, and walk around Mines of Spain.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cedar Rapids trip maker website.

You can drive from De Smet to Cedar Rapids in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from De Smet in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Cedar Rapids, with lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cedar Rapids

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips