45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
1
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Los Alamos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Aztec
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
8
Farmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Cortez
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Dolores
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. On the 8th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, play a few rounds at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, and then stop by Hatch Chile Sales. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, then learn about winemaking at La Vina Winery, and finally do a tasting at Sombra Antigua Winery.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces trip site.

Seattle to Las Cruces is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Las Cruces. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect nights in Las Cruces to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Wineries Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

La Vina Winery, Sombra Antigua Winery, Hatch Chile Sales
Highlights from your plan
Sombra Antigua Winery ©
Sombra Antigua Winery
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces ©
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of Fires Recreation Area and Links At Sierra Blanca. Do some cultural sightseeing at Heart of the Desert and Fort Stanton Historical Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Three Rivers Petroglyph Site (in Tularosa) and Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery (in San Patricio). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, and get outside with Bluff Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site, Fort Stanton Historical Site, Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery, White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Links At Sierra Blanca ©
Links At Sierra Blanca
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Trinity Site and Cibola National Forest. Get outdoors at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and La Ventana Natural Arch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Socorro (Old San Miguel Mission, Fort Craig National Historic Site, &more) and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument (in Mountainair). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turquoise Museum, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, look for gifts at The Candy Lady, and learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Alamogordo in April, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Socorro, La Ventana Natural Arch, Coronado Historic Site, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Wildlife West Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Site ©
Trinity Site
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument ©
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

5
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi as well as Barrio de Analco. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Miguel Chapel and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. El Santuario de Chimayo and La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos), Route 66 Auto Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, visit Canyon Road, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in April, with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, Route 66 Auto Museum, El Santuario de Chimayo, Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

4
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jemez Mountains and Battleship Rock. Get outdoors at Jemez Springs Bath House and Bandelier National Monument. Explore Los Alamos' surroundings by going to Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway (in Jemez Springs) and Abiquiu (Christ of the Desert Monastary & Poshuouinge Ruins). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Santa Fe National Forest, view the masterpieces at Fuller Lodge Art Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Alamos Nature Center, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Don Quixote Distillery & Winery.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Los Alamos trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, you will find days in Los Alamos are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Abiquiu, Santa Fe National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe National Forest ©
Santa Fe National Forest
Christ of the Desert Monastary ©
Christ of the Desert Monastary
Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House

4
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Kit Carson Park. Do your shopping at Two Graces and Taos Clay Studio. Explore Taos' surroundings by going to Red River (Middlefork Lake & Mallette Park Nature Trail) and La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Alamos in April since evenings lows in Taos dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aztec.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Red River, Orilla Verde Recreation Area, La Chiripada Winery
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument ©
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Taos Plaza ©
Taos Plaza

4
nights
Aztec

Aztec ©
Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Aztec Ruins National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedra River Trail and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Wines of the San Juan and Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Aztec side-trips: Mayflower Gold Mill (in Silverton), Ignacio (Fox Fire Farms Winery & Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center) and San Juan River Walk (in Pagosa Springs). There's much more to do: trek along Potato Lake Trail, stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and immerse yourself in nature at Navajo Lake State Park (Pine).

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aztec road trip planning tool.

Getting from Taos to Aztec by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos in May, with highs in Aztec at 74°F and lows at 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Farmington.

Things to do in Aztec

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ignacio, Wines of the San Juan, Mayflower Gold Mill
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

4
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Get a sense of the local culture at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Una Vida. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Fajada Butte. Change things up with these side-trips from Farmington: Toadlena Trading Post (in Newcomb), Chetro Ketl (in Nageezi) and Chinle (Spider Rock & Mummy Cave). There's lots more to do: stroll around Berg/Animas Trail, examine the collection at B-Square Ranch, and play a few rounds at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip planner.

Farmington is just a stone's throw from Aztec. May in Farmington sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi, Chinle, Toadlena Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Spider Rock ©
Spider Rock
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

5
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Canyons of the Ancients National Monument as well as Hovenweep National Monument. Bluff Fort Historic Site and 16 Room Cliff House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Mule Canyon Ruins and Towac Visitor Center will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hideout Golf Club (in Monticello), Mancos State Park (in Mancos) and Bluff (Pioneer Cemetery & Comb Ridge). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, take in breathtaking views at Dolores Canyon, admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cortez online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Farmington to Cortez takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Farmington in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cortez, with lows around 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bluff, Mancos, The Hideout Golf Club, Towac Visitor Center, Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail
Highlights from your plan
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument ©
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site

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nights
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.
You've now added Mesa Verde National Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Spruce Canyon Trail and Soda Canyon Overlook Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balcony House and Point Lookout Trail. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, hike along Knife Edge Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park in an hour. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dolores.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

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nights
Dolores

Dolores
The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Anasazi Heritage Center. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dolores trip itinerary site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Dolores by car takes about an hour. May in Dolores sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Dolores

Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Get in touch with nature at Park Avenue Trail and Arches National Park Scenic Drive. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Dune Arch and Double O Arch. Step out of Arches National Park with an excursion to Shafer Canyon Overlook in Canyonlands National Park--about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Broken Arch and make a trip to Delicate Arch.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arches National Park online day trip planner.

Getting from Dolores to Arches National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dolores in May, Arches National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 49°F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Shafer Canyon Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch

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