12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Flagstaff
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Fort Irwin
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Barstow
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Albuquerque
— 1 day
bus:  1​h
8
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
9
Raton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 10th (Fri), trek along Lockett Meadow.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Flagstaff trip maker site .

Kansas City to Flagstaff is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Flagstaff due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in May, you will find days in Flagstaff are little chillier (65°F), and nights are much colder (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Wildlife Parks Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, trek along Rim Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. On the next day, hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally make a trip to Bellagio Fountains.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas day trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 64°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Fort Irwin.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

1
night
Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Painted rocks and then learn about all things military at Fort irwin & NTC museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Irwin route site .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Fort Irwin takes 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Las Vegas in May: high temperatures in Fort Irwin hover around 82°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Fort Irwin

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Painted rocks ©
Painted rocks

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night
Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Barstow Harvey House, then learn more about the world around you at Mojave River Valley Museum, then stroll through Mojave Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Rainbow Basin Natural Area.

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You can drive from Fort Irwin to Barstow in an hour. When traveling from Fort Irwin in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Barstow, with highs around 88°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Barstow

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Mojave Trail
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Basin Natural Area ©
Rainbow Basin Natural Area
Mojave River Valley Museum ©
Mojave River Valley Museum
Barstow Harvey House ©
Barstow Harvey House

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Long Logs Loop, identify plant and animal life at Crystal Forest Loop, and then hike along Blue Mesa.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Petrified Forest National Park trip planner .

Drive from Barstow to Petrified Forest National Park in 7.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Barstow to Petrified Forest National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Barstow in May, expect nights in Petrified Forest National Park to be much colder, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Wildlife Trails
Highlights from your plan
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Cibola National Forest, stroll through Tingley Beach, then trek along Boca Negra Canyon, and finally engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find out how to plan a trip to Albuquerque, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Petrified Forest National Park to Albuquerque takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in May; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 77°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Boca Negra Canyon ©
Boca Negra Canyon
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, view the masterpieces at Keshi, take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in May since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raton.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Keshi ©
Keshi
Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries

1
night
Raton

Raton ©
Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. On the 19th (Sun), have fun at NRA Whittington Center, then admire the majestic nature at Sugarite Canyon State Park, and then cool off at Raton Regional Aquatic Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Raton road trip planning tool .

Drive from Santa Fe to Raton in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Raton

Theme Parks Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Raton Regional Aquatic Center ©
Raton Regional Aquatic Center
Sugarite Canyon State Park ©
Sugarite Canyon State Park
NRA Whittington Center ©
NRA Whittington Center

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek, then trek along Mosca Pass Trail, and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Raton to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Raton in May: high temperatures in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 67°F and lows are around 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods.

To find photos and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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