19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Dallas
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Socorro
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Los Angeles
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Christchurch


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2
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Barrington Living History Farm and Glenwood Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary and Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Houston side-trips: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (in Anahuac), Montgomery (St Francis Wolf Sanctuary & Texas Wolfdog Project) and Saint Anthony Cathedral Basilica (in Beaumont). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Double Lake Recreation Area, walk around Smither Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakewood Church, and get engrossed in the history at Lone Star Flight Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Houston road trip app .

Christchurch, New Zealand to Houston is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Christchurch to Houston. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Christchurch in January; daily highs in Houston reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Houston

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

High Island, Montgomery, Double Lake Recreation Area, Museum of the Gulf Coast, Barrington Living History Farm
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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge ©
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary ©
Boy Scouts Wood Sanctuary
Barrington Living History Farm ©
Barrington Living History Farm

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, explore the world behind art at Crow Collection of Asian Art, take a stroll through Dallas Arts District, then have fun and explore at Rainbow Vomit, then learn more about the world around you at Texas Discovery Gardens, and finally steep yourself in history at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Trinity Forest Adventure Park, view the masterpieces at Mosaic Madness, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Dove's Nest Gifts, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cultural District, then identify plant and animal life at Cedar Ridge Preserve managed by Audubon Dallas., and finally take a stroll through Knox-Henderson.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dallas trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Houston to Dallas takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in January; daily highs in Dallas reach 16°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Dallas

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Waxahachie, Cultural District
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Crow Collection of Asian Art ©
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Cultural District ©
Cultural District

2
nights
Carlsbad

Carlsbad ©
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Eddy House, contemplate the waterfront views at Pecos River Flume, admire the majestic nature at Brantley Lake State Park, then take a memorable tour with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, then Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Giant Dome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): walk around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rattlesnake Springs, then browse the collection at Artesia Public Library, and finally admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Dallas to Carlsbad with the Route module. Traveling from Dallas to Carlsbad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dallas in January since evenings lows in Carlsbad dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Socorro.

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Artesia Public Library
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Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Slaughter Canyon Cave
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome

1
night
Socorro

Socorro ©
Socorro is a city in Socorro County in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look and learn at NRAO Very Large Array, get engrossed in the history at El Camino Real International Heritage Center, contemplate the long history of Fort Craig National Historic Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old San Miguel Mission, then get curious at Mineralogical Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Socorro Historic Plaza.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Socorro driving holiday planning website .

Getting from Carlsbad to Socorro by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Carlsbad in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Socorro: temperatures range from 12°C by day to -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Socorro

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
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NRAO Very Large Array ©
NRAO Very Large Array
Fort Craig National Historic Site ©
Fort Craig National Historic Site
Old San Miguel Mission ©
Old San Miguel Mission

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Explore hidden gems such as North Mountain/ Shaw Butte and Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. Get a sense of the local culture at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and Phoenix Police Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Phoenix: Scottsdale (Sunrise Peak Trail & Brown's Ranch Trailhead), McDowell Mountain Regional Park (in Fountain Hills) and Siphon Draw Trail (in Apache Junction). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Spur Cross Ranch, trek along Cholla Trail, identify plant and animal life at Hassayampa River Preserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Apache Wash Trailhead.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Phoenix itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Socorro to Phoenix. In January, Phoenix is a bit warmer than Socorro - with highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cave Creek, Wickenburg, Scottsdale, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Siphon Draw Trail
Highlights from your plan
Spur Cross Ranch ©
Spur Cross Ranch
Hassayampa River Preserve ©
Hassayampa River Preserve
Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail ©
Hieroglyphic Canyon Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by Las Vegas Fight Shop, identify plant and animal life at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Nelson Ghost Town, take in the exciting artwork at Art of Richard MacDonald, then trek along Cathedral Rock Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at The Little Vegas Chapel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Guardian Angel Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at The Gallery at Aria, examine the collection at The Liberace Museum Collection Tour, then see the interesting displays at Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Clark County Wetlands Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip planning website .

You can fly from Phoenix to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Phoenix in January, expect Las Vegas to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Henderson, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nelson Ghost Town, Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
The Little Vegas Chapel ©
The Little Vegas Chapel
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
The Auto Collections ©
The Auto Collections

5
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and GRAMMY Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ontario Mills and The Nethercutt Collection. Explore Los Angeles' surroundings by going to Cabot's Pueblo Museum (in Desert Hot Springs), Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Running Horse Ranch (in Lake Hughes). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Pasadena, look for gifts at The Last Bookstore, deepen your understanding at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and get engrossed in the history at Autry Museum of the American West.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles road trip planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to Los Angeles in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Los Angeles to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Santa Monica Mountains, Ontario Mills, Cabot's Pueblo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Running Horse Ranch ©
Running Horse Ranch
The Nethercutt Collection ©
The Nethercutt Collection

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