19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Flagstaff
— 6 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Elephant Butte
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Las Cruces
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Seattle

6
nights
Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Flagstaff: Grand Canyon National Park (Mather Point, Grand Canyon South Rim, &more) and Sedona (Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), Cathedral Rock, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff online driving holiday planner.

Seattle to Flagstaff is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Flagstaff. Expect little chillier evenings in Flagstaff when traveling from Seattle in May, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Elephant Butte.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

1
day
Elephant Butte

Elephant Butte ©
Elephant Butte is a city in Sierra County, New Mexico, United States, near Elephant Butte Reservoir and State Park. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): tee off at Sierra del Rio Golf Course and then explore the activities along Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

Plan my day in Elephant Butte using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Flagstaff to Elephant Butte by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Flagstaff, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Elephant Butte, ranging from highs of 96°F to lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Elephant Butte

Golf Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sierra del Rio Golf Course ©
Sierra del Rio Golf Course
Elephant Butte Lake State Park ©
Elephant Butte Lake State Park

3
nights
Las Cruces

Las Cruces ©
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. Las Cruces is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at White Sands National Monument, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, pause for some photo ops at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and walk around Dripping Springs Natural Area.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Cruces online trip planner.

You can drive from Elephant Butte to Las Cruces in 1.5 hours. In June in Las Cruces, expect temperatures between 96°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

White Sands National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area
The Zuhl Museum ©
The Zuhl Museum
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum ©

4
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.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, explore the activities along Green Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Bottomless Pit, and get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park visit site.

Traveling by car from Las Cruces to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, see the interesting displays at New Mexico History Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in June: high temperatures in Santa Fe hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Taos, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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