12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Phoenix
— 1 night
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
Drive
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Taos
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Breckenridge
— 1 night
Shuttle to Denver, Fly to Moab
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 1 night
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive to Page, Fly to Phoenix

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Phoenix

— 1 night
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take a memorable tour with Stoneman Climbing Company, then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, then hike along Cholla Trail, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, trek along Lost Dog Wash Trail, and then tee off at Top Golf.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix holiday planning app.

If you are flying in from Puerto Rico, the closest major aiports are Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Luke Air Force Base. In October in Phoenix, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Albuquerque

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Hispanic Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then admire the majestic nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Phoenix to Albuquerque takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in October, expect Albuquerque to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums · Nature · Parks · Wineries

Santa Fe

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.
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe online route maker.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 5°C. You'll set off for Taos on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Taos

— 1 night
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, shop like a local with Taos Clay Studio, then learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery, then admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Two Graces.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Santa Fe in October since evenings lows in Taos dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Shopping · Wineries · Historic Sites

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Taos to Pagosa Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 0°C at night. You'll set off for Mesa Verde National Park on the 5th (Mon).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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 5th (Mon): cruise along Ruins Road, stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, then make a trip to Park Point, and finally don't miss a visit to Far View Sites.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mr. Grumpy Pants Brewing Company, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 1 night

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 7th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Sawmill Creek Trail, examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then stop by The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, and finally contemplate the long history of High Line Railroad Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Black Powder Trail and then grab your bike and head to Blue River Bikeway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Breckenridge route planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Breckenridge takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ouray in October; daily highs in Breckenridge reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch, explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, don't miss a visit to Partition Arch, make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pine Tree Arch Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park journey builder site.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Breckenridge to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Breckenridge in October, plan for much hotter days in Arches National Park, with highs around 25°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Bryce

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by Ruby's Inn, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Widtsoe Ghost Town, experience the excitement of Ruby's Horseback Adventures, then trek along Rim Trail, and finally stroll through Bryce Amphitheatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, explore the striking landscape at Wall Street, then trek along Bristlecone Loop, and finally take some stellar pictures from Paria View.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Bryce takes 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Arches National Park in October: high temperatures in Bryce hover around 19°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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. To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip planning site.

Getting from Bryce to Monument Valley by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 25°C and lows about 6°C. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Mon).

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

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

4.4
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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.