12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Drive to Roswell, Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Page, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive to Cortez, Fly to Jackson
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 1 night
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, Head underground at King's Palace, and then Head underground at Big Room.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner.

Sacramento to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sacramento in January since evenings lows in Carlsbad Caverns National Park dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hermit's Rest and Powell Point. Visiting Mohave Point and Maricopa Point will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Pima Point, stop by Lookout Studio, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip app.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and bus from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in January, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 44°F and 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
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 12th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Muley Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Gods, and then don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): hike along Wildcat Trail, then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monument Valley, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, you will find days in Monument Valley are little chillier (38°F), and nights are about the same (19°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 3 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get some historical perspective at Uncle Tom's Trail and Fort Yellowstone Historic District. Explore hidden gems such as Lone Peak and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center. Go for a jaunt from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone to see Nature & Wildlife Tours about 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: take in the natural beauty of West Thumb Geyser Basin and explore the striking landscape at Artists Paintpots.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yellowstone National Park vacation builder site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Monument Valley to Yellowstone National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Monument Valley - with highs of 23°F and lows of 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.