11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  16​h
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
2
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Monument Valley
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Las Cruces
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
8
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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Denver

Denver
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in December, Denver is slightly colder at night with lows of 19°F. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Arches National Park travel route builder website .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in December, expect nights in Arches National Park to be about the same, around 15°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°F. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Partition Arch ©
Partition Arch

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Discover how to plan a Monument Valley trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Monument Valley in 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Page.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Lower Antelope Canyon has been added to your itinerary.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Page holiday app .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Page takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Page is somewhat warmer than Monument Valley - with highs of 47°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Lower Antelope Canyon ©
Lower Antelope Canyon

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Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Phoenix trip planner .

Fly from Page to Phoenix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Page in December, you will find days in Phoenix are much warmer (68°F), and nights are a bit warmer (46°F). On the 25th (Tue), you'll travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Golf Tours

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Las Cruces

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

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Las Cruces day trip tool .

Getting from Phoenix to Las Cruces by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Phoenix in December: high temperatures in Las Cruces hover around 57°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Nature

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument

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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.
On the 27th (Thu), get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, then have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planning site .

You can drive from Las Cruces to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Cruces in December, expect nights in Albuquerque to be about the same, around 28°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe online trip itinerary planner .

Take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Santa Fe, with lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Denver

Denver ©
Clyfford Still Museum has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum.

Before you visit Denver, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Santa Fe to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Clyfford Still Museum ©
Clyfford Still Museum

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