12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Big Bend National Park
— 1 night
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
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Corpus Christi
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Big Bend National Park

Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): trek along Lost Mine Trail, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains, and then hike along S Rim Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Big Bend National Park travel route planner.

Corpus Christi to Big Bend National Park is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In August, plan for daily highs up to 96°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Chisos Mountains ©
Mountain
Chisos Mountains
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Lost Mine Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Lost Mine Trail
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S Rim Trail ©
Hiking Trail
S Rim Trail
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Devil's Hall Trail and then take in the awesome beauty at Guadalupe Peak.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park holiday maker.

You can drive from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Big Bend National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is slightly colder than Big Bend National Park - with highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
Guadalupe Peak ©
Mountain
Guadalupe Peak
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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): hike along Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Guadalupe Mountains National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Science Museum
Yavapai Geology Museum
4.3
Bright Angel Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Bright Angel Trail
4.8

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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 31st (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car. In August, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip
Bear Lake ©
Water Body
Bear Lake
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The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 1st (Tue), take a memorable drive along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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

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On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then hike along High Dune Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

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Mesa Verde National Park

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
On the 4th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Rainbow Forest Museum, explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, and then trek along Blue Mesa.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Petrified Forest National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Corpus Christi.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Painted Desert ©
Desert
Painted Desert
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Blue Mesa ©
Hiking Trail
Blue Mesa
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Rainbow Forest Museum ©
Natural History Museum
Rainbow Forest Museum
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Corpus Christi

Texas Riviera

A gulf coast town with a semi-tropical climate, Corpus Christi serves as a getaway destination with a life of its own.
On the 5th (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Texas State Aquarium and then make a trip to Corpus Christi Watergardens. Keep things going the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier, then kick back and relax at Port Aransas Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Corpus Christi day trip site.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Petrified Forest National Park to Corpus Christi takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Petrified Forest National Park to Corpus Christi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in September: highs in Corpus Christi hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Corpus Christi

Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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