Goin' to California

Goin' to California

Michael Bratton
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Amarillo
— 1 night
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Rio Rancho
— 1 night
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 day
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Williams
— 2 nights
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Kingman
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Anaheim
— 2 nights
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 1 night
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Drive to Denton

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Amarillo — 1 night

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Amarillo route planner.

Denton to Amarillo is an approximately 4-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Amarillo when traveling from Denton in July, with lows around 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Rio Rancho.
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Rio Rancho — 1 night

Rio Rancho is the largest city and economic hub of Sandoval County in the U.S. state of New Mexico. For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rio Rancho trip planner.

You can drive from Amarillo to Rio Rancho in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Amarillo to Rio Rancho, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Rio Rancho when traveling from Amarillo in July, with lows around 60°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sun) before leaving for Petrified Forest National Park.
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Petrified Forest National Park — 1 day

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Petrified Forest National Park as well as Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum. On the 10th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Petrified Forest National Park and then explore the striking landscape at Meteor Crater & Barringer Space Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park trip app.

You can drive from Rio Rancho to Petrified Forest National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rio Rancho in July; daily highs in Petrified Forest National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Williams.
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Williams — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon South Rim as well as Bearizona Wildlife Park. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Bearizona Wildlife Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Williams day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Petrified Forest National Park to Williams takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 56°F. You'll set off for Kingman on the 12th (Tue).
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Kingman

Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. Plan my trip to Kingman with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Williams to Kingman in 2 hours. Traveling from Williams in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Kingman: highs are around 98°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Anaheim.
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Anaheim — 2 nights

Anaheim's major attractions are its world-famous Disney entertainment complex, sports teams, and convention center.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Downtown Disney District. On the 13th (Wed), find something for the whole family at Disneyland Park and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anaheim tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kingman to Anaheim takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kingman to Anaheim due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kingman in July, plan for slightly colder days in Anaheim, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. You will leave for Los Angeles on the 14th (Thu).
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Los Angeles — 1 night

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 14th (Thu), take in the waterfront at Huntington Beach Pier and then make an unforgettable trip to Downtown Disney District.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles trip planner.

Getting from Anaheim to Los Angeles by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Los Angeles are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Tucson.
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Tucson — 1 night

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tucson trip planner.

You can fly from Los Angeles to Tucson in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, Tucson is somewhat warmer than Los Angeles - with highs of 97°F and lows of 75°F. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Las Cruces.
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Las Cruces — 1 night

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. You've now added White Sands National Monument to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Las Cruces visit planning site.

You can drive from Tucson to Las Cruces in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Las Cruces when traveling from Tucson in July, with lows around 68°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park — 1 night

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.
You've now added Carlsbad Caverns National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online itinerary planner.

Drive from Las Cruces to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 71°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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United States travel guide

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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.
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