12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + bus:  23​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Manchester

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, get great views at Yaki Point, then get great views at Navajo Point, and finally cruise along East Rim Drive. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in a show at Hopi House, get great views at Powell Point, and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park visit planner .

Manchester, UK to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Shopping
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Yaki Point ©
Yaki Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stroll through Sandstone Tours, examine the collection at Navajo Cultural Center, and then explore the ancient world of Navajo National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, cruise along Moki Dugway, then explore the striking landscape at Comb Ridge, and finally make a trip to Forrest Gump Point.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in October, Monument Valley is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Navajo Cultural Center, Forrest Gump Point, Navajo National Monument, Comb Ridge, Moki Dugway
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Navajo National Monument ©
Navajo National Monument
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point

2
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Cimarron Canyon State Park and then hike along Goose Lake Trail. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery, then stroll through Kit Carson Park, and finally take in the views from Rio Grande Gorge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Taos trip planner .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Taos in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Monument Valley in October, things will get a bit cooler in Taos: highs are around 20°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rio Grande Gorge, Cimarron Canyon State Park, Goose Lake Trail
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Kit Carson Park ©
Kit Carson Park
Cimarron Canyon State Park ©
Cimarron Canyon State Park

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and San Miguel Chapel. Bradbury Science Museum and Harrell House of Natural Oddities will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Jemez Springs (Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs & Jemez Springs Bath House), Puye Cliff Dwellings (in Espanola) and El Santuario de Chimayo Historic Site (in Chimayo). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road and view the masterpieces at Rainbow Man.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in October, Santa Fe is a bit warmer at night with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo, Bradbury Science Museum
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Bradbury Science Museum ©
Bradbury Science Museum
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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