19 days in United States Itinerary

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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Flagstaff
— 2 nights
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Gallup
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Farmington
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 1st (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Winged Figures of the Republic Statues, then see human ingenuity at work at Hoover Dam, and then take in breathtaking views at Hoover Dam Bypass. On your second day here, look for gifts at Barneys New York, then get interesting insight from Tours, then take in panoramic vistas at Stratosphere Tower, and finally examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Las Vegas. In August in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 101°F during the day and 77°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 3rd (Thu), get great views at Mather Point, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then hike along South Kaibab Trail. On your second day here, take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, temps between 80°F and 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Flagstaff.
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Flagstaff — 2 nights

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 5th (Sat), look and learn at Lowell Observatory, explore the stunning scenery at Walnut Canyon National Monument, then contemplate the geological forces at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Historic Brewing Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Flagstaff route site.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gallup.
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Gallup — 1 night

Gallup is a city in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States, with a population of 21,678 as of the 2010 census. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for gifts at Richardsons Trading Company, then examine the collection at The Gallup Cultural Center, and then walk around Red Rock Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gallup trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Flagstaff to Gallup in 3 hours. Traveling from Flagstaff in August, you will find days in Gallup are somewhat warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 1 night

Duke City

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 8th (Tue), meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo, then stop by The Candy Lady, then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, and finally enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albuquerque travel planning site.

Drive from Gallup to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gallup in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 2 nights

City Different

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 9th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some photo ops at Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company, then take in the exciting artwork at Luca decor, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip tool.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in August, with lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Farmington.
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Farmington — 1 night

Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): sample the tasty concoctions at Three Rivers Brewery and then explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Farmington holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Farmington by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Farmington are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner.

Getting from Farmington to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Farmington in August, with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Arches National Park.
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Arches National Park — 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get great views at Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, then hike along Double Arch, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, with highs in Arches National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.
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Canyonlands National Park — 1 night

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
On the 14th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, then explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 92°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get great views at Fairyland Point, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park online vacation maker.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in August; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 2 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zion National Park vacation planning site.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 90°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 1 night

Sin City

Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Strip, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Zion National Park in August, expect nights in Las Vegas to be much warmer, around 77°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 101°F.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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