18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Santa Fe
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Roswell
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 15​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Reno
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Stuttgart

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Fri), look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder website .

Stuttgart, Germany to Santa Fe is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Stuttgart to Santa Fe, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Stuttgart in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens ©
Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 22nd (Sun), Head underground at Big Room, then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then contemplate the long history of Frijole Ranch. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant, and then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park route builder .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Santa Fe to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. In December, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is somewhat warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 17°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Roswell.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Frijole Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

1
night
Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Roswell Museum & Art Center, then stop by Alien Zone Area 51, then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Bottomless Lakes State Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Roswell tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Roswell takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Roswell when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in December, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Roswell Museum & Art Center ©
Roswell Museum & Art Center
Bottomless Lakes State Park ©
Bottomless Lakes State Park

2
nights
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Roswell to Grand Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Roswell in December, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 8°C and lows at -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 28th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try your luck at Paris Las Vegas, then make a trip to Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Mob Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at High Roller, and then wander the streets of The Strip.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas online road trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, expect nights in Las Vegas to be warmer, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, then don't miss a visit to Washburn Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Point. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at El Capitan, make a trip to Yosemite Village, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally get great views at Yosemite, Tunnel View.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Las Vegas in December: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite Village ©
Yosemite Village

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, and then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Ferry Building Marketplace, make a trip to Book Passage, then take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, and finally stroll around Golden Gate Park.

Plan trip to San Francisco with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Reno.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

2
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Reno is known for casinos, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Automobile Museum, try to win big at Casino at Silver Legacy Resort, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Reno Arch.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Reno trip tool .

Traveling by flight from San Francisco to Reno takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect nights in Reno to be much colder, around -3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 10°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Reno

Fun & Games Casinos Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Peppermill Casino ©
Peppermill Casino
National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum
Room Escape Games

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