11 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Texas Itinerary

11 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Texas Itinerary

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11 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Shuttle:  9 h
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 30 min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Prescott
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Apache Junction
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  7 h
6
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly + Bus:  10 h
End: New York City

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at El Santuario de Chimayo, then examine the collection at Palace of the Governors, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Mama's Minerals, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pecos National Historical Park, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe journey tool .

New York City to Santa Fe is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, El Santuario de Chimayo
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

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Honanki Heritage Site, hike along Brin's Mesa Trail, then take a peaceful walk through Munds Wagon Trail, and finally view the masterpieces at Renee Taylor Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sedona online visit planner .

Getting from Santa Fe to Sedona by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Santa Fe in October: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 77°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Munds Wagon Trail ©
Munds Wagon Trail
Honanki Heritage Site ©
Honanki Heritage Site
Renee Taylor Gallery ©
Renee Taylor Gallery

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kolb Studio and Yavapai Geology Museum. Escape the urban bustle at East Rim Drive and Yavapai Point. There's much more to do: get great views at Maricopa Point, take in a show at Hopi House, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sedona in October, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (66°F), and nights are much colder (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Prescott.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

1
night
Prescott

Prescott
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Prescott online travel planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Prescott in 2.5 hours. In October, Prescott is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 75°F and lows of 44°F. You will leave for Apache Junction on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Prescott

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Apache Junction

Apache Junction ©
Apache Junction is a city in Maricopa and Pinal counties in the state of Arizona. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): stop by Mammoth Mine Rock Shop, walk around Silly Mountain Park, then walk around Discovery Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, and finally get outside with Right On Target Clay Guides of AZ. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Siphon Draw Trail.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Apache Junction planning tool .

Traveling by car from Prescott to Apache Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Prescott in October, with highs in Apache Junction at 88°F and lows at 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Apache Junction

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Gilbert
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Park ©
Discovery Park
St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church ©
St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church

1
night
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
On the 31st (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Catholic Church, then examine the collection at Pioneer Museum Complex, and then do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Apache Junction to Fredericksburg takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Apache Junction to Fredericksburg is 1 hour. Traveling from Apache Junction in October, you will find days in Fredericksburg are little chillier (80°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
St. Mary's Catholic Church ©
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Pioneer Museum Complex ©
Pioneer Museum Complex
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main ©
Grape Creek Vineyards on Main

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