15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Paducah
+3
bus + taxi + Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
White Sands
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + Fly + train + bus + taxi:  13​h 30​min
End: Paducah

1
night
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and finally Head underground at Big Room.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park route website .

Paducah to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Paducah, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to White Sands.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

1
night
White Sands

White Sands ©
White Sands is a census-designated place (CDP) in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from San Agustin Pass and then take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the White Sands trip builder app .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to White Sands by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in White Sands

Parks Nature

Side Trip

San Agustin Pass
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White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
San Agustin Pass ©
San Agustin Pass

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos), Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and make a trip to Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Traveling by car from White Sands to Santa Fe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In April, daily temperatures in Santa Fe can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
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Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel

1
night
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 9th (Thu): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

Drive from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, expect little chillier with lows of 29°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arches National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April since evenings lows in Moab dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Double Arch
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): hike along Bright Angel Trail and then trek along South Kaibab Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon and then hike along Rim Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in April, things will get slightly colder in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trek along Angel's Landing and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park route maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in April; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 69°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Springdale
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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