11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
8
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago


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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Far View Sites and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder app .

Chicago to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Chicago in April, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (65°F), and nights are little chillier (29°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. On the 26th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, then explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, and then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad visit site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Carlsbad takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, with highs in Carlsbad at 80°F and lows at 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. On the 28th (Sun), look for gifts at White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop, take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, then relax in the rural setting at McGinn's PistachioLand, and finally do a tasting at Heart of the Desert.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Alamogordo travel route planner.

Drive from Carlsbad to Alamogordo in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Wineries Shopping Parks

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
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Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
White Sands Trading Company Gift Shop ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Albuquerque day trip website .

Traveling by car from Alamogordo to Albuquerque takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in April since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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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 1st (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, admire all the interesting features of High Road to Taos, then take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, then explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, and finally don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Taos holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, Taos is little chillier than Santa Fe - with highs of 61°F and lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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High Road to Taos ©
High Road to Taos
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through North Inlet Trail, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Taos to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Taos in May, Rocky Mountain National Park is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 3rd (Fri), stroll through Garden of the Gods, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On your second day here, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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