17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
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Austin
— 5 nights
Fly
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Custer
— 2 nights
Fly
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Santa Fe

— 2 nights

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Canyon Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Canyon Road and The Wine Spot. There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, admire the natural beauty at Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens, and view the masterpieces at Mama's Minerals.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe trip maker website.

San Francisco to Santa Fe is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in May, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
On the 18th (Tue), sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Petroglyph National Monument, then examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque journey maker site.

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 May, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Austin.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Austin

— 5 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Get some historical perspective at The Alamo and St. Mary's Catholic Church. Get some cultural insight at Grape Creek Vineyards on Main and Texas State Capitol. Get out of town with these interesting Austin side-trips: La Villita Historic Arts Village (in San Antonio), Water 2 Wine (in New Braunfels) and Fredericksburg (Lost Draw Cellars, Wine Tours & Tastings, &more). The adventure continues: take a spin around town with Bike and Brew ATX, learn about winemaking at Calais Winery, sample the fine beverages at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and admire the striking features of St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Austin trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Albuquerque to Austin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in May, with highs in Austin at 85°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Custer.

Things to do in Austin

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Custer

— 2 nights
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Insideout, then explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then learn about winemaking at Prairie Berry Winery, and finally explore the striking landscape of Black Hills National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, explore the fascinating underground world of Wind Cave National Park, then trek along Cathedral Spires Hiking Trail, and finally admire the majestic nature at Custer State Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Custer trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Austin to Custer in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Custer. Traveling from Austin in May, things will get cooler in Custer: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Denver.

Things to do in Custer

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to 16th Street Mall, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio, pedal to the sights with Beyond Boulder Bike Adventures, and then do a tasting at BookCliff Vineyards.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Custer to Denver takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, Denver is a bit warmer than Custer - with highs of 66°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Denver

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Sat), learn about winemaking at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, do a tasting at Talon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Canyon Wind Cellars, do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Palisade day trip planning site.

Getting from Denver to Palisade by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Palisade to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): stroll through Temple Square, explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Olympus Trail.

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You can drive from Palisade to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

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.

South Dakota travel guide

4.2
National Parks · Scenic Drive · Monuments
The State of Great Faces and Great Places
Famous for the cliffside monuments of Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, South Dakota is a land of Old West history, American Indian culture, and impressive natural wonders. Get to know the state's diverse and breathtaking landscape with a trip through Custer National Park, with a herd of 1,300 free-roaming bison, or by traversing the dramatic peaks of Badlands National Park near the Black Hills. Allow time in your itinerary to visit the state's largest city, Sioux Falls, for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, as well as a number of museums and historical attractions.

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.