15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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South Padre Island
— 1 night
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Knoxville
— 4 nights
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Helen
— 1 night
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Eureka Springs
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Sedona
— 3 nights
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South Padre Island

A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our South Padre Island route maker site.

Palm Springs to South Padre Island is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Palm Springs to South Padre Island due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Palm Springs, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in South Padre Island, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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Knoxville

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Grotto Falls Parking and Bluff Mountain Adventures. Get outdoors at Roaring Fork and Abrams Falls Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Look Rock Tower, Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, &more) and Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook & Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center and get interesting insight from Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Knoxville route planning site.

Fly from South Padre Island to Knoxville in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from South Padre Island in October: highs in Knoxville hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Helen.

Things to do in Knoxville

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Helen

Georgia's Alpine Village

A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
On the 11th (Sun), immerse yourself in nature at Unicoi State Park, admire the sheer force of Anna Ruby Falls, and then see the interesting displays at Charlemagne's Kingdom.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helen tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Knoxville to Helen in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Helen

Parks · Nature · Museums

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Eureka Springs

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, stop by Eureka Springs Historical Downtown, and then admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at Ozark Mountain Ziplines, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, and then appreciate the history behind Christ of the Ozarks.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Eureka Springs trip website.

Traveling by flight from Helen to Eureka Springs takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Helen to Eureka Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Santa Fe

City Different

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 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, and then make a trip to Meow Wolf.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Eureka Springs to Santa Fe takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Eureka Springs to Santa Fe. Traveling from Eureka Springs in October, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Albuquerque

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 16th (Fri): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and then get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque online trip maker.

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get in touch with nature at Broken Arrow Trail and Red Rock State Park. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, take a memorable drive along Oak Creek Canyon, stroll through Devil's Bridge Trail, and see the world from above with a helicopter tour.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sedona journey builder.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Sedona takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, Sedona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.