11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Detroit
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Detroit
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Detroit

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Detroit

Detroit ©
Founded in 1701 by a French explorer and adventurer, Detroit exerted a profound impact on the world for most of the 20th century.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old St. Mary's Church, admire the masterpieces at Detroit Institute of Arts, examine the collection at The Henry Ford, then examine the collection at Greenfield Village, and finally steep yourself in history at Motown Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Detroit trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Detroit. In September, daily temperatures in Detroit can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Detroit

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dearborn
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The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

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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 26th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, then explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip builder site .

You can fly from Detroit to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Santa Fe. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Detroit in September, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque holiday planning app .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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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. On the 30th (Mon), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Monument Valley in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect little chillier with lows of 52°F in Monument Valley. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Parks Nature
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take some stellar pictures from Fairyland Point, then get great views at Inspiration Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): hike along The Narrows. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in October, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 74°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Phoenix vacation planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Phoenix takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Zion National Park in October: highs in Phoenix hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum
First Christian Church ©
First Christian Church

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