23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Prescott
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Cottonwood
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
Philadelphia

4
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get a sense of the local culture at Getty Center The Publications and Griffith Observatory. Get some historical perspective at Santa Monica Pier and Venice Canals Walkway. Pack the 11th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hollywood Walk of Fame, stroll the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and steep yourself in history at El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Los Angeles is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in October; daily highs in Los Angeles reach 81°F and lows reach 62°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Prescott.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Santa Monica
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El Pueblo de Los Angeles
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier
Getty Center The Publications ©
Getty Center The Publications

2
days
Prescott

Prescott
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Downtown Historic Area, then get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum, and then learn about winemaking at Granite Creek Vineyards LLC. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Superstition Meadery and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Whiskey Row.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Prescott tour planner.

Fly from Los Angeles to Prescott in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Prescott. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, things will get a bit cooler in Prescott: highs are around 72°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Cottonwood.

Things to do in Prescott

Historic Sites Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Granite Creek Vineyards LLC
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Granite Creek Vineyards LLC
Granite Creek Vineyards LLC
Sharlot Hall Museum
Sharlot Hall Museum
Superstition Meadery
Superstition Meadery

4
days
Cottonwood

Cottonwood ©
Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Old Town Cottonwood and Page Springs Cellars. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like V-Bar-V Heritage Site and Palatki Ruins. Change things up with these side-trips from Cottonwood: Sedona (Broken Arrow Trail & Honanki Heritage Site). There's much more to do: stroll through Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, learn about winemaking at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room, steep yourself in history at Montezuma Castle National Monument, and take in the exciting artwork at A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cottonwood sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Prescott to Cottonwood takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Prescott in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 52°F in Cottonwood. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Cottonwood

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Sedona, Cornville, Montezuma Castle National Monument, V-Bar-V Heritage Site, Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery
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Montezuma Castle National Monument ©
Montezuma Castle National Monument
V-Bar-V Heritage Site ©
V-Bar-V Heritage Site
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

1
day
Flagstaff

Flagstaff
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Wupatki National Monument and then wander the streets of Historic Downtown and Railroad District.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Flagstaff vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Cottonwood to Flagstaff takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cottonwood in October: highs in Flagstaff hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Flagstaff to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Flagstaff, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Taos.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House
Spruce Tree House

2
days
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 24th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery, do a tasting at Vivac Winery, and then learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taos tour planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Taos in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Taos: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Wineries Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dixon, Black Mesa Winery
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La Chiripada Winery
La Chiripada Winery
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

4
days
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site and San Miguel Chapel. Get some historical perspective at Puye Cliff Dwellings and The Plaza. Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, look for gifts at The Shop - A Christmas Store, witness a stunning natural landmark at ten thousand waves, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Fe vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in October, with lows around 39°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site, Puye Cliff Dwellings, Bandelier National Monument
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site ©
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

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