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
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South Padre Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Austin
— 3 nights
Drive
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San Antonio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Killeen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dallas
— 1 night
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to San Francisco

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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.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Golf · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

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.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Spas · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

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 Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Family-friendly places like Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc. 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 stroll through 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.

Things to do in Austin

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Comal River and Lackland Air Force Base. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Morgan's Wonderland and Aquatica San Antonio. Change things up with a short trip to Landa Park in New Braunfels (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Witte Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Guenther House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St Joseph Catholic Church, and take in the history at Mission Espada.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the San Antonio trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Austin to San Antonio takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Killeen.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · 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: tour the pleasant surroundings 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. 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.

Things to do in Killeen

Parks · Golf · Theme Parks · Outdoors

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.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · 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 Yaki Point make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like East Rim Drive and Kolb Studio. The adventure continues: cruise along Cape Royal, contemplate the long history of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and get great views at Maricopa Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Grand Canyon National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Dallas in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Texas travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · 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.