14 days in United States Itinerary

14 days in United States Itinerary

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14 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zion National Park
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
End: Zion National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph National Monument, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour. Here are some ideas for day two: browse for treasures at Tinkertown Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, then get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and finally have fun and explore at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albuquerque tour itinerary planner .

Zion National Park to Albuquerque is an approximately 6-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Tinkertown Museum
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Tinkertown Museum ©
Tinkertown Museum
Balloon Rides
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, then explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then cruise along The Plaza, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 50°F in Santa Fe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then learn more about the world around you at Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 45°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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 9th (Sun): hike along South Kaibab Trail, look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Mossy Cave Trail and then immerse yourself in nature at Kodachrome Basin State Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Point, then make a trip to Natural Bridge, and then explore the striking landscape at Wall Street.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kodachrome Basin State Park, Natural Bridge
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Kodachrome Basin State Park ©
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point

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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Narrows and Zion's Main Canyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Zion National Park: Rock Stop (in Orderville) and Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor (in Virgin). Spend the 16th (Sun) exploring nature at Canyon Overlook Trail. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park holiday builder .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, The Rock Stop
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
The Rock Stop ©
The Rock Stop

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