17 days in Las Cruces, Texas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

17 days in Las Cruces, Texas & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Las Cruces
— 1 night
South Padre Island
— 1 night
— 3 nights
San Antonio
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to San Francisco


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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): tee off at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course and then take in the awesome beauty at Tortugas Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces, look for gifts at COAS Books, and then bet on your favorite at Southern New Mexico Speedway.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Las Cruces vacation planning app.

San Francisco to Las Cruces is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Las Cruces, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: highs in Las Cruces hover around 96°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to South Padre Island.
Golf · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

South Padre Island — 1 night

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 16th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, stop by Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, then make a trip to Largest Outdoor Sandcastle in the USA, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the South Padre Island itinerary planner.

Fly from Las Cruces to South Padre Island in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Cruces in June, you will find days in South Padre Island are little chillier (85°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (75°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Austin.
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Spas

Austin — 3 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc.. Family-friendly places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and HOPE Outdoor Gallery will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Texcetera in Johnson City (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Town Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Wild About Music, and look for all kinds of wild species at Austin Nature & Science Center.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Austin driving holiday app.

Getting from South Padre Island to Austin by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from South Padre Island, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Austin, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Antonio.
Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips

San Antonio — 4 nights

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Family-friendly places like Comal River and Witte Museum will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Morgan's Wonderland and Landa Park. And it doesn't end there: deepen your knowledge of military history at Lackland Air Force Base, examine the collection at San Antonio Fire Museum, cool off at Aquatica San Antonio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Joseph Catholic Church.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in San Antonio are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Killeen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Killeen — 2 nights

Killeen is a city in Bell County, Texas, United States. On the 24th (Thu), make a splash at The Lions Club Aquatics Park, then tee off at Stonetree Golf Club, then walk around West Temple Park, and finally walk around Yettie Polk Park. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Cooper Spring Nature Park, make a trip to Lampasas Murals, and then see the interesting displays at Highland Lakes Squadron Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Killeen tour itinerary planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Killeen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Killeen can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dallas.
Parks · Golf · Outdoors · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Dallas — 1 night

Big D

One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): meet the residents at Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, then learn more about the world around you at Texas Discovery Gardens, then get a taste of life in the country at Broken Bow Ranch, and finally stop by Wild Bill's Western Store.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dallas trip builder website.

You can drive from Killeen to Dallas in 2.5 hours. In June in Dallas, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trip

Grand Canyon National Park — 4 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Attractions like Bright Angel Point and Cape Royal make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Rim Drive and Pima Point. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, get a taste of the local shopping with Lookout Studio, stroll around Indian Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Dallas in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are a bit cooler (85°F), and nights are much colder (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Nature

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.