12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

Make it your trip
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Tucson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mount Lemmon
— 1 night
Drive
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El Paso
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, take in the exciting artwork at Etherton Gallery, and then learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Titan Missile Museum, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tucson travel itinerary planner.

San Jose to Tucson is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Jose in November: highs in Tucson hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mount Lemmon.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Mount Lemmon

— 1 night
Most visitors take a trip to Mount Lemmon to visit Summerhaven, a small town providing a summer residence for many.
For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Mount Lemmon trip builder site.

Getting from Tucson to Mount Lemmon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in November, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 23rd (Mon), you're off to El Paso.

Things to do in Mount Lemmon

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

El Paso

— 2 nights
El Paso is known for museums, scenic drive, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook, steep yourself in history at San Jacinto Plaza, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at El Paso Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read El Paso online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mount Lemmon to El Paso takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Mount Lemmon in November, with highs in El Paso at 68°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Carlsbad

— 1 night
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Carlsbad trip itinerary planner.

Getting from El Paso to Carlsbad by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Carlsbad when traveling from El Paso in November, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

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 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then browse the exhibits of Keshi, then make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, and finally examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, walk around Cathedral Park, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Santa Fe trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Carlsbad to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad in November; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 54°F and lows reach 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

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 (Sun): take a memorable tour with Tours, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque. On the next day, get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque journey tool.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 36°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.