12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Palo Alto
Drive:  12​h
1
Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
El Paso
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
3
Dallas
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 45​min
5
Tampa
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Key West
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Miami
— Few hours
Drive:  8​h
8
Tallahassee
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
9
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
10
Oklahoma City
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
11
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
12
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: Palo Alto

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Phoenix online road trip planner .

Palo Alto to Phoenix is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Palo Alto to Phoenix, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Palo Alto in December, you will find days in Phoenix are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Paso.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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El Paso

El Paso ©
El Paso is a city in and the seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our El Paso trip builder site .

You can fly from Phoenix to El Paso in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in December, things will get little chillier in El Paso: highs are around 60°F and lows about 36°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dallas.

Things to do in El Paso

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Jacinto Plaza ©
San Jacinto Plaza

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 24th (Tue), walk around Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dallas itinerary tool .

Getting from El Paso to Dallas by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Louis Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read New Orleans trip builder website .

Traveling by flight from Dallas to New Orleans takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 57°F in New Orleans. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Wed) before leaving for Tampa.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
St. Louis Cathedral ©
St. Louis Cathedral

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Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at The Florida Aquarium and then find something for the whole family at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Tampa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Orleans to Tampa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from New Orleans in December: highs in Tampa hover around 78°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Tampa

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
The Florida Aquarium ©
The Florida Aquarium

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Key West

Key West
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Key West trip itinerary planner .

Fly from Tampa to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Tampa in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 71°F in Key West. You will leave for Miami on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

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Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Miami vacation tool .

Traveling by flight from Key West to Miami takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Miami sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tallahassee.

Things to do in Miami

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

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Tallahassee

Tallahassee ©
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. On the 28th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park and then get engrossed in the history at Florida Historic Capitol Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tallahassee online travel planner .

You can fly from Miami to Tallahassee in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Miami in December, you will find days in Tallahassee are little chillier (70°F), and nights are much colder (48°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
Highlights from your plan
Florida Historic Capitol Museum ©
Florida Historic Capitol Museum

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis online travel route planner .

Getting from Tallahassee to Memphis by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tallahassee to Memphis due to the time zone difference. In December, Memphis is slightly colder than Tallahassee - with highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oklahoma City.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan

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Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City ©
Oklahoma City, known to many as the "Big Friendly," represents the political, cultural, and economic engine of the state of Oklahoma.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Osteology, then pause for some photo ops at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Find out how to plan Oklahoma City trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can fly from Memphis to Oklahoma City in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oklahoma City when traveling from Memphis in December, with lows around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Oklahoma City

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Osteology
Museum of Osteology
Myriad Botanical Gardens ©
Myriad Botanical Gardens

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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.
For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Oklahoma City to Albuquerque takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Albuquerque are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. On the 31st (Tue), you're off toLas Vegas.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Museums

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, then admire the natural beauty at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Albuquerque to Las Vegas in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Albuquerque in December, things will get a bit warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 57°F and lows about 39°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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