18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
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New Orleans
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h
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Llano
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
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San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  6​h
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
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Jensen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas


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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): have fun at Paris Las Vegas, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas, and then take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Titanic, get curious at Bodies The Exhibition, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip, and finally enjoy some music at Bellagio Fountains.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Las Vegas. July in Las Vegas sees daily highs of 104°F and lows of 81°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

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The Strip ©
The Strip
Madame Tussauds -  Las Vegas ©
Madame Tussauds - Las Vegas

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New Orleans

Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 22nd (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at The National WWII Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and then get to know the fascinating history of French Quarter. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then steep yourself in history at Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site, and then take an in-depth tour of Treme's Petit Jazz Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New Orleans road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Las Vegas to New Orleans takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Las Vegas to New Orleans due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect colder days and about the same nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Llano.

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Nature & Wildlife Tours, Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
The National WWII Museum ©
The National WWII Museum

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Llano

Llano
Llano is a city in Llano County, Texas, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): do a tasting at Fall Creek Vineyards and then learn about winemaking at Fall Creek Vineyards.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Llano trip builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from New Orleans to Llano. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Orleans in July: highs in Llano hover around 97°F, while lows dip to 72°F. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to San Antonio.

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Fall Creek Vineyards

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at San Antonio River, then hike along The San Antonio River Walk, then take an in-depth tour of The Alamo, and finally take in the history at Mission San Jose.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the San Antonio itinerary planner.

Getting from Llano to San Antonio by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

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Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): have fun at Howelsen Ice Arena, stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from San Antonio to Steamboat Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from San Antonio to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Antonio, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 82°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

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Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex

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Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 28th (Sat), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vail trip planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Vail by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Vail, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

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Frisco
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Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
River Rafting & Tubing

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then test the waters at a local thermal spa, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. On the next day, explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Vail to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Glenwood Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jensen.

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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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Jensen

Jensen ©
Jensen is a census-designated place in eastern Uintah County, Utah, United States. On the 1st (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, get a new perspective on nature at Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center, then learn more about the world around you at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, and finally steep yourself in history at McKee Springs Petroglyphs.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Jensen tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Jensen takes 3 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Jensen, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Ouray.

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Utah Field House of Natural History State Park
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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), hike along Cascade Falls Park and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Horsethief Trail, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip builder tool .

You can drive from Jensen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Jensen in August, with highs in Ouray at 70°F and lows at 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Outdoors Parks Trails

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Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): Head underground at Big Room, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Hall of The White Giant and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Mesa Verde National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 94°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
King's Palace ©
King's Palace