60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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South Padre Island
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 6 nights
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Sedona
— 5 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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San Simeon
— 2 nights
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
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San Francisco
— 7 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 4 nights
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Chicago
— 7 nights
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Branson
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South Padre Island

— 2 nights
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Explore hidden gems such as Sea Turtle, Inc. and South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center. There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip itinerary planner.

Tampa to South Padre Island is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to South Padre Island due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in South Padre Island are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 79°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Santa Fe

— 6 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 inner history buff will appreciate Canyon Road and Santa Fe Plaza. You'll explore and learn at San Miguel Chapel and Ghost Ranch. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos), Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from South Padre Island to Santa Fe in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from South Padre Island to Santa Fe due to the time zone difference. Traveling from South Padre Island in August, you will find days in Santa Fe are slightly colder (84°F), and nights are cooler (57°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sedona

— 5 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Downtown Historic Area and Montezuma Castle National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bearizona Wildlife Park and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, immerse yourself in nature at Slide Rock State Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Sedona in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 66°F in Sedona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 7 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to South Kaibab Trail and Desert View Watchtower. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rim Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in August, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Death Valley National Park

— 1 night

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore and take pictures at Artists Dr, contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Golf Course, then explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and finally get great views at Dante's View.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Death Valley National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Death Valley National Park hover around 98°F and lows are around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum and Petersen Automotive Museum. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Mulholland Drive in Beverly Hills, about 30 minutes away. Pack the 4th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Wende Museum of the Cold War, get curious at California Science Center, explore the world behind art at Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita, and deepen your understanding at Paley Center for Media.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles tour planning app.

Drive from Death Valley National Park to Los Angeles in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in August, expect nights in Los Angeles to be about the same, around 66°F, while days are little chillier, around 84°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to San Simeon.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

San Simeon

— 2 nights
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Hearst Castle, then take a memorable drive along Moonstone Beach Dr, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Moonstone Beach. On the next day, look for gifts at Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop and then enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our San Simeon tour itinerary maker.

Fly from Los Angeles to San Simeon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in September since evenings lows in San Simeon dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park

— 6 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wawona Hotel, National Historic Landmark and Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tioga Pass and Yosemite, Tunnel View. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, explore the activities along Tenaya Lake, and stroll around Mariposa Grove.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yosemite National Park itinerary builder.

Getting from San Simeon to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. In September, Yosemite National Park is little chillier than San Simeon - with highs of 74°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

San Francisco

— 7 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and San Francisco Bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate Alcatraz Island and Filbert Street Stairs. Explore San Francisco's surroundings by going to California State Railroad Museum (in Sacramento), Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe (in Monterey) and Castello di Amorosa (in Calistoga). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, and take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, San Francisco is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Let the collections at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Gilcrease Museum capture your imagination. Step out of Oklahoma City with an excursion to Sapulpa Historical Museum in Sapulpa--about 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, see the interesting displays at National Softball Hall of Fame, take a stroll through Bricktown, and learn about all things military at 45th Infantry Division Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Oklahoma City itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Oklahoma City takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Francisco in September, with highs in Oklahoma City at 87°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chicago

— 7 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
You'll explore and learn at The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry. Step off the beaten path and head to Historical Auto Attractions and First Division Museum at Cantigny. Explore Chicago's surroundings by going to Burpee Museum of Natural History (in Rockford) and Cantigny Park (in Wheaton). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Field Museum, ponder the design of Buckingham Fountain, admire the landmark architecture of 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and steep yourself in history at Pleasant Home.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Chicago trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Oklahoma City to Chicago in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Oklahoma City, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Chicago, ranging from highs of 78°F to lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can fly to Branson.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Branson

— 6 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Discover out-of-the-way places like National Tiger Sanctuary and Lost Canyon Nature Trail - Top of the Rock. Step out of Branson with an excursion to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park in Lampe--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, buy something for everyone on your list at Branson Landing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and bet on your favorite at The Track Family Fun Parks.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Branson journey builder site.

You can fly from Chicago to Branson in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Chicago in October, you will find days in Branson are somewhat warmer (71°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Branson

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oklahoma travel guide

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Casinos · Monuments · Art Museums
The Sooner State
Boasting a rich Native American heritage and named after the Choctaw word for "Red People," Oklahoma remains home to about 40 native tribes who speak 25 distinct languages. Though the state remains one of the country's top producers of agricultural products, most of its inhabitants live within two metropolitan areas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The state is home to the 500-million-year-old Wichita Mountains, noted for being the site of the oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States. Explore the state's pristine natural areas while on vacation here, but be sure to leave plenty of time to tour its characteristic small towns, known for their food, music, and cultural festivals.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.