18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Moab
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
West Yellowstone
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
8
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h
9
Custer
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by The Candy Lady and then steep yourself in history at Old Town Albuquerque.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque travel itinerary planner.

Newark to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August in Albuquerque, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
The Candy Lady ©
The Candy Lady

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hours
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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 3rd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, wander the streets of Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe tour planner.

You can drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, Santa Fe is little chillier at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taos holiday planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 51°F in Taos. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Crested Butte Mountain Heritage, then stroll through Crested Butte Mountain Resort, and finally admire all the interesting features of Kebler Pass. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Crested Butte Nordic Center and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Crested Butte tour planner.

Drive from Taos to Crested Butte in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Taos in August: high temperatures in Crested Butte hover around 77°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moab.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 7th (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Delicate Arch, and then take some stellar pictures from Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Moab takes 5 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in August, expect Moab to be somewhat warmer, temps between 92°F and 64°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Moab Rock Shop ©
Moab Rock Shop

5
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.
On the 10th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Grand Teton. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of S Rim Trail.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Moab to Yellowstone National Park takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. In August, Yellowstone National Park is cooler than Moab - with highs of 71°F and lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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hours
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the West Yellowstone vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to West Yellowstone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in West Yellowstone sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center ©
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

3
nights
Glacier National Park

The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
On the 14th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at McDonald Creek, then admire all the interesting features of Going-to-the-Sun Road, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Glacier National Park travel itinerary planner.

Getting from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from West Yellowstone in August, things will get a bit warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Custer.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

3
nights
Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Custer: Rapid City (Reptile Gardens & Bear Country USA). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Custer State Park, appreciate the history behind Crazy Horse Memorial, explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, and take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Custer trip itinerary builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Custer in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, expect nights in Custer to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Custer

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Prairie Berry Winery, Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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