57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

57 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
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Estes Park
— 5 nights
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Topeka
— 6 nights
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Tulsa
— 4 nights
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Oklahoma City
— 5 nights
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San Antonio
— 5 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
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Dallas
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Albuquerque

— 4 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.
When in Albuquerque, make a side trip to see Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos, approximately Los Alamos away. There's still lots to do: learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, stop by Albuquerque Old Town, and stroll through Corrales Bosque.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip tool.

Perth, Australia to Albuquerque is an approximately 29-hour flight. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Perth to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Perth in September: high temperatures in Albuquerque hover around 33°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 25:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu), Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs) and Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and take in the exciting artwork at Keshi.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 30:

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.
Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Taos Ski Valley (Al's Run & Hunziger Bowl), Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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Drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taos, with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Colorado Springs

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Cañon City), Pueblo Heritage Museum (in Pueblo) and Off-Road Tours (in Buena Vista). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online vacation planner.

You can drive from Taos to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Taos in October, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Denver

— 3 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: Flatirons (in Boulder), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and Georgetown (Guanella Pass & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans and experience the excitement of Carousel of Happiness.

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

Drive from Colorado Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Estes Park

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Spirit Hound Distillery (in Lyons) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Milner Pass, Trail Ridge Road, &more). There's lots more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Estes Park Guided Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kruger Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Topeka.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Topeka

— 6 nights
Topeka is the capital city of the U.S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. Get out of town with these interesting Topeka side-trips: Konza Prairie Research Natural Area (in Junction City), Abilene (Dwight D. Eisenhower Library and Museum, Seelye Mansion, &more) and Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics (in Lawrence). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Evel Knievel Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Combat Air Museum, let little ones run wild at Lake Shawnee, and ponder the world of politics at Cedar Crest.

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You can fly from Estes Park to Topeka in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Estes Park to Topeka due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 9°C in Topeka. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tulsa.

Things to do in Topeka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 23:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bartlesville (Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve & Bartlesville Union Depot). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Philbrook Museum of Art, stroll through Gathering Place, see the interesting displays at Woody Guthrie Center, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Boston Avenue Methodist Church.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tulsa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Topeka to Tulsa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tulsa when traveling from Topeka in October, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Tulsa

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Oklahoma City

— 5 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.
Explore Oklahoma City's surroundings by going to Stafford Air & Space Museum (in Weatherford) and Stillwater (Lost Creek Safari & Oklahoma State University). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Hefner Lake & Park, get to know the resident critters at Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, and get a new perspective on nature at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Oklahoma City driving holiday website.

You can drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Oklahoma City sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to fly to San Antonio.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — Nov 1:

San Antonio

— 5 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Antonio: Fredericksburg (National Museum of the Pacific War & St. Mary's Catholic Church). The adventure continues: shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and explore the fascinating underground world of Natural Bridge Caverns.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read San Antonio trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Oklahoma City to San Antonio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oklahoma City in November: high temperatures in San Antonio hover around 27°C and lows are around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 6:

Austin

— 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
When in Austin, make a side trip to see Dick's Classic Garage in San Marcos, approximately San Marcos away. There's lots more to do: get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, snap pictures at Congress Avenue Bridge / Austin Bats, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stop by Central Market.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Austin trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Austin sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Dallas.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Dallas

— 4 nights

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Kimbell Art Museum, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace, see the interesting displays at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by flight from Austin to Dallas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Dallas, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 15:

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
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.

Kansas travel guide

4.3
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.

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.

Texas travel guide

4.2
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.