60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

Make it your trip
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Zion National Park
— 6 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
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Tusayan
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 8 nights
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Santa Fe
— 8 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Chinle
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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Blanding
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Estes Park
— 7 nights
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Zion National Park

— 6 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion National Park and Observation Point. Take a break from the city and head to The Narrows and Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway. Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Canyon Overlook Trail. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Court of the Patriarchs. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, hike along Watchman Trail, cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, and explore the striking landscape at Checkerboard Mesa.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park road trip site.

Pittsburgh to Zion National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Pittsburgh in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 8 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You've now added Canyon Trail Rides to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bright Angel Trail and Mather Point. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower, stop by Lookout Studio, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip site.

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 75°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tusayan.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Tusayan

— 1 night
Tusayan is a town, but was a census-designated place during the 2010 census. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): see Grand Canyon Jeep Tours & Safaris and then stop by Tusayan General Store.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tusayan trip itinerary planner.

Tusayan is just a short distance from Grand Canyon National Park. In September, daytime highs in Tusayan are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Tusayan

Shopping · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Sedona

— 8 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
For shopping fun, head to Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art or Renee Taylor Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Palatki Ruins. Step out of Sedona with an excursion to Tuzigoot National Monument in Clarkdale--about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Historic Old Town Cottonwood, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fay Canyon Trail, explore the striking landscape at Snoopy Rock, and trek along Doe Mountain Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona travel route site.

Drive from Tusayan to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Tusayan in September, expect Sedona to be a bit warmer, temps between 85°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 8 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Canyon Road and Bradbury Science Museum. Head to Shidoni Galleries and Prairie Dog Glassfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument (in Los Alamos). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, learn about winemaking at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, and contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe tour builder website.

You can fly from Sedona to Santa Fe in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in October, expect Santa Fe to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Get some cultural insight at Millicent Rogers Museum and Vivac Winery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Blumenschein Home & Museum and Black Mesa Winery. Step out of Taos with an excursion to La Chiripada Winery in Dixon--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, make a trip to Taos Drums, view the masterpieces at Taos Clay Studio, and get a taste of the local shopping with Two Graces.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos day trip website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Santa Fe in October since evenings lows in Taos dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cliff Palace and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Balcony House and Long House. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Park Point and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app.

Drive from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. October in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chinle.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Museums

Chinle

— 3 nights
Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Visit Canyon de Chelly Tours and Antelope House Ruin for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Canyon del Muerto. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chinle online tour planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Chinle in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Chinle

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Monument Valley

— 3 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. and Navajo National Monument. When in Monument Valley, make a side trip to see Muley Point Overlook in Mexican Hat, approximately Mexican Hat away. There's more to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planner.

You can drive from Chinle to Monument Valley in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chinle in October since evenings lows in Monument Valley dip to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Blanding.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Blanding

— 2 nights
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site and then explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Cedar Mesa Pottery and then see the interesting displays at The Dinosaur Museum.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Blanding trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Monument Valley to Blanding by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Blanding

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mesa Arch and Corona Arch. Take a break from the city and head to Island in the Sky and Double Arch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Arches National Park (Windows, Fiery Furnace, &more). And it doesn't end there: hike along Balanced Rock Trail, stroll through Grandstaff Canyon Trail, grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, and surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions.

You can plan Moab trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Blanding to Moab in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Moab are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 7 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Do your shopping at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Estes Park Guided Tours and Alluvial Fan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Swetsville Zoo (in Timnath) and Loveland Museum/Gallery (in Loveland). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, take in the awesome beauty at Vedauwoo, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Moab to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. November in Estes Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
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.

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.