13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

Matthew Parker

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Lubbock
— 1 night
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 3 nights
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Silverton
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Taos
— 2 nights
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Lubbock

— 1 night
Lubbock is a city in and the county seat of Lubbock County, Texas, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of National Ranching Heritage Center, then examine the collection at Bayer Museum of Agriculture, then stroll the grounds of Lubbock Cemetery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Prairie Dog Town.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lubbock trip planning tool.

Waco to Lubbock is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lubbock when traveling from Waco in July, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Lubbock

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, contemplate the long history of Kit Carson Home & Museum, and then view the masterpieces at Rottenstone Pottery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Two Graces, contemplate the long history of Governor Bent House and Museum, view the masterpieces at Las Comadres, explore the world behind art at Harwood Museum of Art, then explore and take pictures at High Road to Taos, and finally stop by Moxie Yarn & More.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Taos online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lubbock to Taos takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Lubbock to Taos is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lubbock in July, things will get a bit cooler in Taos: highs are around 83°F and lows about 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Breckenridge.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Breckenridge

— 3 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at High Line Railroad Park and Edwin Carter Discovery Center. Explore hidden gems such as Vail Recreation Path and Peaks Trail. When in Breckenridge, make a side trip to see Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail in Frisco, approximately Frisco away. There's much more to do: play a few rounds at Breckenridge Golf Club, contemplate the waterfront views at Sawmill Reservoir, head outdoors with Windrider of the Rockies, and look for gifts at Alpine Sports.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Breckenridge trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Taos to Breckenridge in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Taos in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Silverton

— 1 night
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then trek along Ice Lakes Trailhead, and then cruise along San Juan Skyway.

Plan trip to Silverton with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Silverton takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, expect nights in Silverton to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors · Trails · Tours · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, get outside with Duranglers Flies and Supplies, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango driving holiday planner.

Drive from Silverton to Durango in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Silverton, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Taos

— 2 nights
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Taos Art Museum and Williams Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Wheeler Peak Wilderness and Kit Carson Park. Take a break from Taos with a short trip to Columbine Campground in Red River, about 38 minutes away. Enjoy Taos some more: explore the galleries of Blumenschein Home & Museum, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, learn about winemaking at Black Mesa Winery, and examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Taos holiday planner.

Drive from Durango to Taos in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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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.