11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Lafayette
Lafayette
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi + train:  5​h 45​min
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sedona
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h
Lafayette

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Lafayette

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lafayette itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Lafayette. December in Lafayette sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of St Martin de Tours
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Church of St Martin de Tours

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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 23rd (Sat), explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, then explore and take pictures at The Plaza, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and finally explore the galleries of San Miguel Chapel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe holiday planner.

You can fly from Lafayette to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Lafayette to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Lafayette in December: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 42°F and lows are around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Williams.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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San Miguel Chapel
The Plaza
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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Williams

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Williams trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Santa Fe to Williams takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Williams, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 21°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Williams

Shopping Wineries
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Thunder Eagle Native Art
Grand Canyon Wine Company
Colors of the West

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, and then get great views at Mather Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): get great views at Lookout Studio, then stop by Canyon Village Marketplace, and then cruise along East Rim Drive.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Williams in December, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums
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East Rim Drive
Mather Point
Powell Point

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Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Jerome State Historic Park, examine the collection at Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town, and then delve into the distant past at Tuzigoot National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at Trailhead Tea and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 37°F at night. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Sedona

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jerome, Tuzigoot National Monument
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Jerome State Historic Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

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San Diego

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at La Jolla Shores Park and then appreciate the history behind Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego vacation planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Sedona to San Diego in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to San Diego is minus 1 hour. In December, San Diego is a bit warmer than Sedona - with highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park

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South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 31st (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Whaling Wall and then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Port Isabel Lighthouse and then witness the site of a historic battle at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our South Padre Island travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from San Diego to South Padre Island takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Traveling from San Diego in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in South Padre Island, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Port Isabel Lighthouse, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Whaling Wall
Port Isabel Lighthouse

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