15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
4
Redwood National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Crater Lake National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Minneapolis

3
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and Climbing Tours. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs attractions tool .

Minneapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Climbing Tours

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Biological Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church, get a new perspective on nature at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Albuquerque route maker tool .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden ©
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hopi Point and Hermit's Rest. On the 15th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 80°F and lows about 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Redwood National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

1
day
Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Redwood National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Redwood National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Redwood National Park by car takes about 18 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: highs in Redwood National Park hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Crater Lake National Park.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Redwood National Park ©
Redwood National Park

2
nights
Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National Park ©
Reaching a depth of 592 m (1,943 ft), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Watchman Peak, then hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Rim Dr. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Crater Lake National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Crater Lake National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Redwood National Park to Crater Lake National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Redwood National Park, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Crater Lake National Park, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 60°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Crater Lake National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Prospect
Highlights from your plan
Cleetwood Cove Trail ©
Cleetwood Cove Trail
Rim Dr ©
Rim Dr
Crater Lake National Park ©
Crater Lake National Park

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