15 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Utah Itinerary

15 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Utah Itinerary

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15 days in New Mexico, Arizona & Utah Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Albuquerque
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Sedona
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

few
hours
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.
To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque road trip website .

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Albuquerque, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Childrens Museums Museums

3
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 7th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then wander the streets of Canyon Road, then examine the collection at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at ten thousand waves.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe tour planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albuquerque in September since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum and then have fun at Flip Dunk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Phoenix trip planning website .

You can fly from Santa Fe to Phoenix in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Santa Fe in September, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

Tours Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

4
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.
On the 12th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and pause for some photo ops at Powell Point.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park tour site .

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Phoenix in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be cooler, temps between 75°F and 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

3
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, take an unorthodox tour of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then make a trip to Sedona Airport Overlook. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read Sedona visit planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Sedona hover around 85°F and lows are around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Sedona

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): look for gifts at Harmons City Creek and then get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City visit planning website .

Getting from Sedona to Salt Lake City by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sedona in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Salt Lake City. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Deer Valley Resort
Highlights from your plan
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Family History Library ©
Family History Library

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