12 days in Santa Fe, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Itinerary

12 days in Santa Fe, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Itinerary

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12 days in Santa Fe, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Mesa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza. Change things up with a short trip to El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and browse the exhibits of San Miguel Chapel.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe vacation builder website .

Houston to Santa Fe is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Santa Fe is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in July, expect Santa Fe to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

El Santuario de Chimayo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

5
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.
Visit Bright Angel Point and Tusayan Museum for their historical value. On the 19th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park journey planning tool .

Getting from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Santa Fe in July, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Mesa.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest
Tusayan Museum ©
Tusayan Museum

3
nights
Mesa

Mesa ©
Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. Popular historic sites such as Goldfield Ghost Town and Feed My Starving Children are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Mesa side-trips: Franciscan Renewal Center (in Paradise Valley) and Scottsdale (Taliesin West & iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Phoenix). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale, browse the fresh offerings at Superstition Ranch Market, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, you will find days in Mesa are somewhat warmer (103°F), and nights are much hotter (83°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa

Historic Sites Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Franciscan Renewal Center, Goldfield Ghost Town, Room Escape Games
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Goldfield Ghost Town ©
Goldfield Ghost Town
Feed My Starving Children ©
Feed My Starving Children
Franciscan Renewal Center ©
Franciscan Renewal Center

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