40 days in United States Itinerary

40 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Chicago
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
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Grand Lake
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Page
— 2 nights
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Torrey
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 3 nights
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Laguna Beach
— 7 nights
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Chicago — 3 nights

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The 606, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, Garfield Park Conservatory, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lakefront Trail and The Loop. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the local landmark of Crown Fountain, and stroll around Millennium Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Chicago road trip site.

Dublin, Ireland to Chicago is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Chicago. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in September; daily highs in Chicago reach 30°C and lows reach 19°C. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Santa Fe.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:

Santa Fe — 2 nights

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 list of things to see and do now includes Cross of the Martyrs, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, San Miguel Chapel, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Santa Fe Botanical Garden and then pause for some photo ops at Cross of the Martyrs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, then admire the striking features of The Oldest House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chicago to Santa Fe takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 5°C. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colorado Springs.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Colorado Springs — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, Garden of the Gods and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Santa Fe to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Denver.
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Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Denver — 2 nights

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.
Molly Brown House Museum has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our 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 in Denver, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 5°C at night. You will leave for Estes Park on the 9th (Sun).
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Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:
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Estes Park — 1 night

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.
You've now added Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Rocky Mountain National Park — 1 day

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
You've now added Trail Ridge Road to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site.

Rocky Mountain National Park is very close to Estes Park. In October in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Lake.
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Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:
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Grand Lake — 1 night

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Lake journey website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, plan for cooler days in Grand Lake, with highs around 1°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around -5°C. You will leave for Glenwood Springs on the 11th (Tue).
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Glenwood Springs — 3 nights

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park as well as Doc Holliday's Grave. Step off the beaten path and head to Hanging Lake Trail and West Elk Loop Scenic Byway. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Valley and Glenwood Canyon.

Start your trip to Glenwood Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Grand Lake to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Grand Lake in October, expect Glenwood Springs to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Moab.
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Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
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Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Corona Arch and Fiery Furnace. Take a break from the city and head to Windows and Balanced Rock Trail. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Devils Garden Trailhead & Sand Dune Arch). There's more to do: trek along Double Arch and cruise along Potash Road.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Moab online travel planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Moab by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Moab, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.
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Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Monument Valley — 1 night

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then cruise along Monument Valley – Highway 163 Scenic Drive, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Monument Valley can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Find places to stay Oct 16 — 17:

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 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 18th (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, then contemplate the long history of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, then take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Powell Point.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip tool.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Monument Valley in October, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Page.
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Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Page — 2 nights

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Antelope Canyon as well as Horseshoe Bend. On the 19th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Waterholes Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, stroll through Horseshoe Bend, and then take in breathtaking views at The Chains.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Page online route planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Page in 4 hours. In October, Page is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 26°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Torrey.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Torrey — 2 nights

Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. On the 21st (Fri), indulge your taste buds at Etta Place Cider and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimney Rock Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold, and then cruise along Notom Road Scenic Backway.

You can plan Torrey trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Page to Torrey in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Page in October, you will find days in Torrey are slightly colder (19°C), and nights are cooler (-1°C). You will leave for Bryce on the 23rd (Sun).
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Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Bryce — 2 nights

Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Sunset Point. Take a break from the city and head to Navajo Loop Trail and Three Wisemen. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, stroll through Bryce Amphitheatre, and gear up at Ruby's Inn.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bryce day trip tool.

You can drive from Torrey to Bryce in 2 hours. In October in Bryce, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.
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Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Zion National Park — 2 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon, trek along Riverside Walk, and then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with The Subway and then trek along Kayenta Trail.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Bryce to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce in October, with highs in Zion National Park at 27°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Las Vegas.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:

Las Vegas — 3 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 28th (Fri), try to win big at Palazzo Resort Casino, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at The Cosmopolitan Casino and then wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade.

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You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are much hotter (18°C). You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sun) before leaving for Laguna Beach.
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Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Casinos
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 30:

Laguna Beach — 7 nights

Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County, California, in the United States. Get in touch with nature at Crystal Cove and Seal Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Heisler Park and Baby Beach. The adventure continues: trek along Bluff Top Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Sherman Library & Gardens, grab your bike and head to Orange County Coast, and enjoy the sand and surf at Treasure Island Beach.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Laguna Beach tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to Laguna Beach takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 6:

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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.
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