18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
2
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
3
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
5
Taos
— 7 nights
6
Denton
— 1 night
7
Waco
— 1 night
8
Roswell
— 1 night
9
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— Few hours

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Geology Tour Road.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park trip planning website.

Encinitas to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Encinitas in July, expect nights in Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Family-friendly places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and The Mob Museum will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Boulder City (Winged Figures of the Republic Statues & Hoover Dam). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with The Strip, try to win big at Casino At The Venetian, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and buy something for everyone on your list at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip builder.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Las Vegas are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Boulder City
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll through The Narrows and then trek along Angel's Landing.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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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 19th (Sun), engage your brain at The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and then engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Zion National Park to Albuquerque takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °F in Albuquerque. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums
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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.
Bring the kids along to Red River Community House and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taos: Vietnam Veterans Memorial (in Angel Fire), Ghost Ranch (in Abiquiu) and Goose Lake Trail (in Red River). There's much more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, and shop like a local with 203 Fine Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taos tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Taos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, things will get little chillier in Taos: highs are around °F and lows about °F. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Denton.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Red River, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Ghost Ranch, Palisades Sill Official Scenic Historic Marker
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ©
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Red River Community House ©
Red River Community House

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Denton

Denton ©
Denton is a city in and the county seat of Denton County, Texas. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get your game on at Legoland Discovery Center, thenhave some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Dallas, thensee the interesting displays at Denton County African American Museum, and finally stop by Atomic Candy.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denton trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Taos to Denton. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Taos to Denton due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Taos in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Denton: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Waco.

Things to do in Denton

Fun & Games Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Grapevine
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Legoland Discovery Center ©
Legoland Discovery Center
The Escape Game Dallas ©
The Escape Game Dallas
Atomic Candy ©
Atomic Candy

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Waco

Waco
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Waco holiday planner.

Getting from Denton to Waco by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Waco are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Roswell.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Museums Shopping

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
On the 29th (Wed), see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, thenget in on the family fun at Roswell Space Center, thenstop by Alien Zone Area 51, and finally take a memorable drive along Singing Road.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Roswell travel route planning website.

You can fly from Waco to Roswell in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Waco in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Roswell, with lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Singing Road
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Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Roswell Space Center ©
Roswell Space Center
International UFO Museum and Research Center ©

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hours
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 see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2.5 hours. July in Carlsbad Caverns National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Tours

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