12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  6​h
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Birmingham


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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.
On the 18th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel and then take a stroll through Canyon Road. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, 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.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online journey builder .

Birmingham to Santa Fe is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also 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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Birmingham in May: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 73°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Spas
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

1
night
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 20th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque trip planner.

You can take a bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in May since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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day
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): hike along Fiery Furnace, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and then stroll through Double Arch.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Arches National Park day trip tool .

You can fly from Albuquerque to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Moab takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Moab are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Island in the Sky
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

1
night
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. On the 24th (Fri), capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, look for gifts at Monument Valley Navajo Market, and then admire all the interesting features of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley journey planner.

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Monument Valley, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Parks Nature
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Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Get in touch with nature at The Narrows and Zion's Main Canyon. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Angel's Landing and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online trip builder .

Getting from Monument Valley to Zion National Park by car takes about 6 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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night
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Union Station, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

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Do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Denver in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Zion National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Denver, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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