13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  5​h
1
Albuquerque
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Raton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Flagstaff
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
10
Barstow
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
11
Fort Irwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
13
Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Kansas City

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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 10th (Fri), learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip planning website .

Kansas City to Albuquerque is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Albuquerque. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Kansas City in May, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Childrens Museums
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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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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 11th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Rainbow Man, don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza, examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, then wander the streets of Canyon Road, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Raton.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Raton

Raton ©
Raton is a city and the county seat of Colfax County in northeastern New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Sugarite Canyon State Park and then make a splash at Raton Regional Aquatic Center.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Raton online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Raton takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Raton can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Raton

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Raton Regional Aquatic Center ©
Raton Regional Aquatic Center
Sugarite Canyon State Park ©
Sugarite Canyon State Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mosca Pass Trail and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve sightseeing website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Raton to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In May, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier than Raton - with highs of 67°F and lows of 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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

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Durango

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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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 15th (Wed): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally don't miss a visit to Far View Sites.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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.
On the 16th (Thu), hike along Blue Mesa, don't miss a visit to Painted Desert Inn, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Petrified Forest National Park online holiday maker .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Petrified Forest National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Painted Desert Inn ©
Painted Desert Inn

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument, and then see the sky in a new way at Lowell Observatory.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Flagstaff online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Flagstaff in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Petrified Forest National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Flagstaff, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Lowell Observatory ©
Lowell Observatory

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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 18th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, then trek along South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Barstow.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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Barstow

Barstow ©
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Route 66 Mother Road Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Mojave River Valley Museum, and then stroll through Mojave Trail.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Barstow online vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Barstow. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Barstow: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Irwin.

Things to do in Barstow

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Mojave Trail
Highlights from your plan
Mojave River Valley Museum ©
Mojave River Valley Museum
Route 66 Mother Road Museum ©
Route 66 Mother Road Museum

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Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): brush up on your military savvy at Fort irwin & NTC museum.

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Traveling by car from Barstow to Fort Irwin takes an hour. When traveling from Barstow in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Fort Irwin: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Fort Irwin

Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, then make a trip to The Strip, then admire the local landmark of Bellagio Fountains, and finally take an in-depth tour of Titanic.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planning app .

Drive from Fort Irwin to Las Vegas in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Steamboat Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Las Vegas in May, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 61°F and lows at 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs

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