31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

31 days in Continental USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner
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Idaho Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 5 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
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Las Vegas
— 7 nights
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Idaho Springs — 1 night

The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go deep underground at Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Idaho Springs vacation builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Idaho Springs is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Idaho Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, things will get much colder in Idaho Springs: highs are around 11°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 night

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): hike along Tundra Communities Trail, admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Idaho Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Idaho Springs in August, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 3 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.
Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, explore and take pictures at Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs route site.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.
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Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Mon), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary app.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aspen.
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Aspen — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Thermal Spas & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and admire all the interesting features of Independence Pass.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Aspen route app.

Drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Aspen sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.
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Ouray — 1 night

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Ouray hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.
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Durango — 2 nights

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 12th (Sat), take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway, get interesting insight from Duranglers, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Moab.
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Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Moab — 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
When in Moab, make a side trip to see Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, approximately Arches National Park away. Make the 16th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Arches National Park, see Off-Road Tours, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Durango in August, things will get a bit warmer in Moab: highs are around 39°C and lows about 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 6 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 20th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Guano Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Boulder City (Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum & Hoover Dam). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 31:

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.
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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.
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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.
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Nevada travel guide

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Performances · Fountains · Casinos
The Silver State
The neon streets of Las Vegas represent only one chapter in the story of Nevada, a sparsely populated state offering travelers a chance to discover the country's western frontier. Utterly unlike the more populated parts of the North American continent, Nevada's landscape includes huge deserts where you can easily leave modern civilization behind and enjoy a tranquil vacation. For a taste of untamed Nevada, explore the network of paved and unpaved roads leading to some of the world's most rugged and desolate natural wonders. If trying to make a fortune is high on your itinerary, remember that in the first state to legalize gambling, a slot machine is never too far away. Even gas stations and small motels in the largely deserted rural areas offer some form of gambling to the passing traveler.
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