17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: McKinney
+4
Bus + Tram + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
1
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  7 h 30 min
4
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Shuttle + Bus:  5 h 45 min
5
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
+5
Bus + Shuttle + Fly + Bus + Tram + Bus:  7 h 45 min
End: McKinney

2
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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 28th (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Albuquerque Biological Park, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Albuquerque Bio-Park Bugarium.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip maker tool.

McKinney to Albuquerque is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from McKinney to Albuquerque due to the time zone difference. Traveling from McKinney in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Balloon Rides
Albuquerque Biological Park
Albuquerque Biological Park

1
night
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, then hike along South Kaibab Trail, then cruise along Point Imperial Drive, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Albuquerque to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (85°F), and nights are much colder (42°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Mesa Verde National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Balcony House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park, and contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, then take in the natural beauty of Daisy Geyser, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Lower Geyser Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Sapphire Pool, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Geyser, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Mesa Verde National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, Yellowstone National Park is slightly colder than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature Parks
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring
Upper Geyser Basin ©
Upper Geyser Basin

5
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Family-friendly places like River Rafting & Tubing and Zipline will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Breckenridge: Mount Elbert (in Leadville), Buena Vista (Winfield, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, identify plant and animal life at Fairy Forest, hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, and admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, shuttle, and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Breckenridge takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Breckenridge to be a bit warmer, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Vail, St Mary's Alice, Mount Elbert, Independence Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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