19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

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
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  4​h 45​min
5
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
shuttle + 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Flagstaff: Sedona (Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), Cathedral Rock, & more) and Grand Canyon National Park (Mather Point, Grand Canyon South Rim, & more). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Flagstaff trip site .

Seattle to Flagstaff is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. 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. Cap off 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
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

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): play a few rounds at Sierra del Rio Golf Course and then contemplate the waterfront views at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Elephant Butte trip builder app .

You can drive from Flagstaff to Elephant Butte in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Flagstaff in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Elephant Butte, with highs around 96°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Elephant Butte

Golf Outdoors Nature
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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. When in Las Cruces, make a side trip to see White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, don't miss a visit to Mesilla Plaza, and learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Las Cruces trip builder .

Traveling by car from Elephant Butte to Las Cruces takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough 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
White Sands National Monument ©
White Sands National Monument
Dripping Springs Natural Area ©
Dripping Springs Natural Area

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: get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs, Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Las Cruces to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In June, daily temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park can reach 98°F, while at night they dip 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

Nature Parks Tours
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Santa Fe side-trips: Taos (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge & Taos Pueblo) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). There's lots more 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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and don't miss a visit to Meow Wolf.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Santa Fe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in June; daily highs in Santa Fe reach 89°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time 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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