31 days in United States Itinerary

31 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 3 nights
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Tahoe City
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Death Valley National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 6 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs), Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail) and Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and pick up some new knowledge with Liquid Light Glass.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe road trip planning tool.

Chicago to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in October, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Nature · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Taos

— 3 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 Land of Enchantment Guides - Fly Fishing Trips (in Velarde) and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Graces, take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, and snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

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

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, Taos is a bit cooler at night with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Tahoe City.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Wildlife · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Tahoe City

— 3 nights
Tahoe City is an unincorporated community in Placer County, California. Step out of Tahoe City to go to Incline Village and see UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Eagle Rock Hiking Trail, explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park, stroll through Tompkins Memorial Trail, and explore and take pictures at Inspiration Point Vista.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tahoe City driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Taos to Tahoe City in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Taos to Tahoe City. Traveling from Taos in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Tahoe City, with lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Tahoe City

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.
On the 16th (Sat), spend a scenic day exploring the area around Half Dome. On the 12th (Tue), hike the day away at Panorama Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point, make a trip to Pothole Dome, take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass, and take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tahoe City to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Death Valley National Park

— 3 nights

Hottest, Driest, Lowest

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Death Valley National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Dante's View, make a trip to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, explore the striking landscape at Zabriskie Point, and explore the stunning scenery at Mosaic Canyon.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park road trip app.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Death Valley National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in October, you will find days in Death Valley National Park are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are warmer (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Las Vegas

— 6 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Las Vegas: Boulder City (Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum & Hoover Dam). There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see Off-Road Tours, see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, and try your luck at The Mirage.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Death Valley National Park to Las Vegas takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Death Valley National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Las Vegas, with lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Delicate Arch and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch and then explore and take pictures at Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park online holiday maker.

Getting from Las Vegas to Arches National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in October, things will get little chillier in Arches National Park: highs are around 71°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Trail Ridge Road and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Arches National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Long House and then make a trip to Step House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace and then contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

Plan trip to Mesa Verde National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, car, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, car, and taxi. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.