12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
6
Santa Fe
— 2 nights

2
nights
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 8th (Tue), ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade, and finally see the world from above with 702 Helicopters. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Machine Guns Vegas and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip maker.

Jacksonville to Las Vegas is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Jacksonville in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Las Vegas: temperatures range from 93°F by day to 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

702 Helicopters
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ©
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): hike along Fay Canyon Trail and then trek along Doe Mountain Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with Sedona Adventure Tours, then do a tasting at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room, and then do a tasting at Page Springs Cellars.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sedona online tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Las Vegas to Sedona in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in September, with highs in Sedona at 85°F and lows at 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room, Page Springs Cellars
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Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail

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.
To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House and then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail, trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Wed), ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables and then trek along San Juan River Walk.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at El Santuario de Chimayo and then do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at New Mexico Museum of Art, then identify plant and animal life at Randall Davey Audubon Center, and then admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe online vacation maker.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Santa Fe by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 80°F and lows are around 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Randall Davey Audubon Center ©
Randall Davey Audubon Center
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
New Mexico Museum of Art ©
New Mexico Museum of Art

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