15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

Make it your trip
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Basin National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 1 night
Drive
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Las Cruces
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

San Diego to Las Vegas is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Great Basin National Park

— 2 nights
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): trek along Bristlecone Trail and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lehman Caves. Keep things going the next day: trek along Baker Lake Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Teresa Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wheeler Peak, and finally hike along Alpine Lakes Loop.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Great Basin National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Great Basin National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Great Basin National Park, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 24th (Fri), stroll through Goosenecks Overlook and then trek along The Hickman Bridge Trail. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

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Traveling by car from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. While traveling from Great Basin National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Capitol Reef National Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, then trek along Double Arch, and then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Moab travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Moab in 3 hours. In September, Moab is a bit warmer than Capitol Reef National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Petrified Forest National Park

— 1 night
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, trek along Crystal Forest Trail, and then hike along Blue Mesa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park itinerary builder.

Drive from Moab to Petrified Forest National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Moab in September; daily highs in Petrified Forest National Park reach 76°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Albuquerque

— 2 nights

Duke City

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 29th (Wed): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip app.

Drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in September, things will get a bit warmer in Albuquerque: highs are around 83°F and lows about 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Carlsbad

— 1 night
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes Devil's Hall Trail as well as Big Room. On the 30th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room. On the next day, hike along Devil's Hall Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Carlsbad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September in Carlsbad, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Las Cruces

— 1 night
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. White Sands National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at White Sands National Monument and then steep yourself in history at Old Mesilla Village.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Las Cruces trip maker.

Getting from Carlsbad to Las Cruces by car takes about 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Tucson.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tucson

— 2 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
On the 3rd (Sun), learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, see the interesting displays at Pima Air and Space Museum, then take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Madera Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon and then admire all the interesting features of Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

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Drive from Las Cruces to Tucson in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Las Cruces in October: high temperatures in Tucson hover around 87°F and lows are around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.