38 days in United States Itinerary

38 days in United States Itinerary

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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 7 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Jemez Springs
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Indianapolis
— 4 nights
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Portland
— 11 nights
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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Explore Monterey's surroundings by going to San Simeon (Piedras Blancas & Hearst Castle). There's still lots to do: cruise along 17-Mile Drive, grab your bike and head to Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail, take a leisurely stroll along Old Fisherman's Wharf, and stop by Monterey's Tasty Olive Bar.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Monterey trip builder website.

Washington DC to Monterey is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Monterey, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Monterey at 65°F and lows at 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe journey planning site.

Getting from Monterey to Santa Fe by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Monterey to Santa Fe is 1 hour. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Santa Fe, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Taos is known for historic sites, museums, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore and take pictures at Enchanted Circle Drive, examine the collection at La Hacienda del los Martinez, and don't miss a visit to Taos Drums.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos day trip tool.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, Taos is a bit cooler than Santa Fe - with highs of 67°F and lows of 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Museums · Historic Sites

Jemez Springs

— 1 night
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and then get impressive views of Jemez Mountains.

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Traveling by car from Taos to Jemez Springs takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in May, Jemez Springs is a bit warmer at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Albuquerque

— 4 nights

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.
Albuquerque is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and admire the natural beauty at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque road trip site.

Traveling by car from Jemez Springs to Albuquerque takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Jemez Springs in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Indianapolis

— 4 nights

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
Get out of town with these interesting Indianapolis side-trips: Hopwood Cellars Winery (in Zionsville) and Louisville (Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Churchill Downs, &more). Next up on the itinerary: join the crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, make a trip to USS Indianapolis Memorial, pause for some photo ops at Monument Circle, and see the interesting displays at The Eiteljorg Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Indianapolis route planner.

Fly from Albuquerque to Indianapolis in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Albuquerque in June, plan for little chillier days in Indianapolis, with highs around 82°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly to Portland.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Portland

— 11 nights

City of Roses

A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Venture out of the city with trips to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (in McMinnville), Multnomah Falls (in Bridal Veil) and Cannon Beach (Cannon Beach History Center and Museum, Haystack Rock, &more). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Portland Japanese Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, stop by Powell's City of Books, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Portland trip planner.

You can fly from Indianapolis to Portland in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Indianapolis to Portland, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in June, expect Portland to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 56°F. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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

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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.