60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

60 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation maker

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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Taos
— 7 nights
Shuttle to Santa Fe, Fly to Bend
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Bend
— 6 nights
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Newport
— 3 nights
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Astoria
— 3 nights
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Portland
— 7 nights
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Medora
— 4 nights
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Regent
— 1 night
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Bismarck
— 4 nights
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Des Moines
— 6 nights
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Dubuque
— 6 nights
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Albuquerque

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as El Malpais National Monument and New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Take a break from the city and head to Jemez Hot Springs and New Mexico Jeep Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Jemez Springs Bath House in Jemez Springs (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: hike along La Luz Trail, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip planner.

Austin to Albuquerque is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Albuquerque is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in August, things will get slightly colder in Albuquerque: highs are around 88°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Pecos National Historical Park and Valles Caldera National Preserve. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Dale Ball Trails. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos), Abiquiu (Plaza Blanca & Ghost Ranch) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, look for gifts at Dinosaurs and More, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe road trip app.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in August since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Tours · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Taos

— 7 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Step out of the city life by going to Horseback Riding Tours and Williams Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Balloon Rides and Goose Lake Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Taos: Red River Ski & Summer Area (in Red River), Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). There's much more to do: stroll through Wild Rivers Recreation Area, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, take a memorable drive along Enchanted Circle Drive, and contemplate the long history of Blumenschein Home & Museum.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taos visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in August; daily highs in Taos reach 79°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Bend.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Bend

— 6 nights
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lava River Cave and Sparks Lake. Escape the urban bustle at Sahalie and Koosah Falls and McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass loop. Take a break from Bend with a short trip to City of Sisters in Sisters, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Drake Park, get impressive views of Newberry National Volcanic Monument, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and contemplate the waterfront views at Deschutes River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bend trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Taos to Bend by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Taos to Bend. In August, daytime highs in Bend are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Newport.

Things to do in Bend

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Newport

— 3 nights
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Otter Crest Loop and Seal Rock State Wayside. Get outdoors at Thor's Well and South Beach State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Yachats (Yachats coastline & Devil's Churn) and Hobbit Trail (in Florence). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with Marine Discovery Tours and enjoy the sand and surf at Nye Beach.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Newport road trip website.

Traveling by car from Bend to Newport takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Bend in September, expect nights in Newport to be a bit warmer, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Astoria.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Astoria

— 3 nights

Spirit of the Columbia

Astoria, named for famed fur trader John Jacob Astor, resides near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Visiting Hug Point State Park and Nehalem Bay State Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oswald West State Park and Seafarers' Park. The adventure continues: hike along Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, steep yourself in history at Lewis & Clark Salt Works, and don't miss a visit to Goonies House.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Astoria sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Newport to Astoria takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Portland.

Things to do in Astoria

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Portland

— 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Oneonta Gorge and Willamette River Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Enchanted Forest Theme Park and Timberline Lodge and Ski Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portland: Salem Railroad Station (in Salem), Government Camp (Trillium Lake & Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl) and Hood River (Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, Hood River Lavender Farms, &more). There's lots more to do: race across the water with Willamette Jetboat Excursions, tour the pleasant surroundings at Willamette Valley, walk around Laurelhurst Park, and kick your exploration up a notch at Pumpkin Ridge Zip Tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Portland online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Astoria to Portland in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Astoria, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Portland, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 55°F. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Medora.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Medora

— 4 nights
Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like South Unit and North Unit. Get outdoors at Medora Riding Stables and Little Missouri National Grassland. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Painted Canyon Overlook, see the interesting displays at North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame, get great views at Badlands Overlook, and take an in-depth tour of Chateau de Mores State Historic Site.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Medora trip builder app.

You can fly from Portland to Medora in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Medora due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in September, things will get slightly colder in Medora: highs are around 70°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Regent.

Things to do in Medora

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Regent

— 1 night
Regent is a city in Hettinger County, North Dakota, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Enchanted Highway.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Regent trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Medora to Regent by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bismarck.

Things to do in Regent

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Bismarck

— 4 nights
Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and Missouri River. Explore Bismarck's surroundings by going to The North Dakota Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (in Washburn) and Minot (Roosevelt Park Zoo & Scandinavian Heritage Park). There's still lots to do: ponder the world of politics at North Dakota State Capitol Building, meet the residents at The Dakota Zoo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelboat Park, and pause for some photo ops at Buffalo Statue.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bismarck trip builder app.

Drive from Regent to Bismarck in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Des Moines

— 6 nights
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. Take a break from the city and head to High Trestle Trail Bridge and Margo Frankel Woods State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Gray's Lake Park and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Des Moines: Herbert Hoover National Historic Site (in West Branch), Mason City (Historic Park Inn Hotel & Stockman House Museum) and Klokkenspel (in Pella). The adventure continues: gain insight at Iowa State University, take in nature's colorful creations at Reiman Gardens, see the interesting displays at John Wayne Birthplace & Museum, and don't miss a visit to Paragon Prairie Tower.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Des Moines sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bismarck to Des Moines. Traveling from Bismarck in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Des Moines, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dubuque.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Dubuque

— 6 nights
Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. Take a break from the city and head to Maquoketa Caves State Park and Dunnings Spring Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pikes Peak State Park and Mines of Spain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dubuque: Effigy Mounds National Monument (in Harpers Ferry), Motor Mill Historic Site (in Elkader) and Old City Hall Gallery (in Maquoketa). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Cedar Rapids Kernels, see the interesting displays at Dubuque Museum of Art, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, and stroll around Eagle Point Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubuque travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Des Moines to Dubuque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Des Moines in October, Dubuque is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Dubuque

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Oregon travel guide

4.4
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.

North Dakota travel guide

4.6
National Parks · History Museums · Performances
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Iowa travel guide

4
Casinos · History Museums · Historic Sites
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."