15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Taos
— 1 night
4
Santa Fe
— 1 night
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
8
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
9
Houston
— 1 night

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
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.
To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park visit planning website.

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. While traveling from Houston, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ranging from highs of 98°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
On the 11th (Thu), enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Albuquerque, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 12th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, then don't miss a visit to Taos Pueblo, and then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Taos online trip planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In June, Taos is little chillier than Albuquerque - with highs of 83°F and lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
On the 13th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Mama's Minerals, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe day trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in June, with highs in Santa Fe at 89°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Mesa Verde National Park

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.
On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park travel planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Yellowstone National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Point, and explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yellowstone National Park road trip app.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Mesa Verde National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for colder days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 84°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Breckenridge

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Independence Pass (in Aspen), Mount Elbert (in Leadville) and Buena Vista (Vicksburg, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Main Street and trek along Sawmill Creek Trail.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, expect nights in Breckenridge to be slightly colder, around 45°F, while days are much colder, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Independence Pass, Mount Elbert
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 23rd (Tue), examine the collection at Space Center Houston, tour the pleasant surroundings at Water Wall, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Houston itinerary app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Breckenridge to Houston takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Breckenridge to Houston due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Breckenridge in June; daily highs in Houston reach 92°F and lows reach 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Space Center Houston ©
Space Center Houston
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

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