18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Austin
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Austin
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Dallas
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
4
Reno
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Carson City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  11​h
8
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Grand Junction
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
11
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
13
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
14
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 45​min
15
Santa Fe
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
16
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h
17
Houston
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
End: Austin

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Austin

Austin
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, and then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Austin vacation planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Austin. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose, then hike along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio holiday planner.

You can drive from Austin to San Antonio in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
The Alamo ©
The Alamo

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Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository, examine the collection at Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and then see the interesting displays at The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dallas trip builder app .

Fly from San Antonio to Dallas in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Dallas can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Reno.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums
Highlights from your plan

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Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
On the 18th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Truckee River Walk, then see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum, and then try to win big at Casino at Silver Legacy Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Reno trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dallas to Reno in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dallas in June, Reno is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Reno

Casinos Fun & Games Historic Sites
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National Automobile Museum ©
National Automobile Museum

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nevada Beach Campground, stroll through Baldwin Beach, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by bus from Reno to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Reno in June, with highs in South Lake Tahoe at 77°F and lows at 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carson City.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Emerald Bay State Park, Nevada Beach Campground
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park

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Carson City

Carson City ©
Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Incline Beach and then learn more about the world around you at Nevada State Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Carson City day trip app .

Traveling by car from South Lake Tahoe to Carson City takes an hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June: high temperatures in Carson City hover around 84°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carson City

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Incline Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nevada State Museum ©
Nevada State Museum

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park ©
With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Grizzly Falls, then explore the stunning scenery at Kings Canyon National Park, and then make a trip to General Sherman Tree.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip website .

Drive from Carson City to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Traveling from Carson City in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park: highs are around 94°F and lows about 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kings Canyon National Park ©
Kings Canyon National Park
Grizzly Falls ©
Grizzly Falls

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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 22nd (Fri): get great views at Mather Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park route planner.

You can drive from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 23rd (Sat), stroll through Rim Trail, then hike along Bryce Amphitheatre, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Sunset Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Bryce Canyon National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Grand Junction takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 91°F and lows about 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): cruise along Skyline Drive and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canon City trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Grand Junction to Canon City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Canon City are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 27th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Horseback Riding Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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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 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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 30th (Sat): examine the collection at New Mexico History Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Meow Wolf, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally make a trip to The Plaza.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip builder tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Santa Fe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Santa Fe Plaza ©
Santa Fe Plaza
Museum of International Folk Art ©
Museum of International Folk Art

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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 1st (Sun): Head underground at Big Room, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park itinerary planner .

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. Traveling from Santa Fe in June, expect Carlsbad Caverns National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 98°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Houston Museum District, and then meet the residents at Houston Zoo.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Houston takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Houston, with lows of 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Houston

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Houston Museum District ©
Houston Museum District
Houston Zoo ©
Houston Zoo
Room Escape Games

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