32 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & New Hampshire Itinerary

32 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & New Hampshire Itinerary

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32 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park & New Hampshire Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 5 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + foot + bus:  13​h 45​min
3
North Conway
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Pittsburg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Franconia
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Holderness
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Rye
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

8
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hermit Trail and Navajo Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Powell Point and North Kaibab Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Grand Canyon National Park side-trips: Cameron Trading Post (in Cameron) and Coyote Buttes (in Big Water). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, admire the striking features of Lookout Studio, head outdoors with Shoshone Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool .

San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Cameron Trading Post, Coyote Buttes
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Shoshone Point ©
Shoshone Point
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and McKittrick Canyon. Escape the urban bustle at King's Palace and Sitting Bull Falls. Take a break from Carlsbad Caverns National Park with a short trip to Guadalupe Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Big Room.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 11.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park hover around 95°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to North Conway.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Carlsbad
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Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center ©
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

6
nights
North Conway

North Conway ©
North Conway combines colonial New England architecture with outlet shops selling goods from some of the world's most recognizable brands, all set amid the scenery of the White Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Crawford Notch State Park and Mount Washington. Shop till you drop at Settlers Green and Bavarian Chocolate Haus. On the 18th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Wildcat Mountain. Spend the 19th (Sun) on two wheels at Attitash Mountain Resort. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Jackson Falls, learn about winemaking at White Mountain Winery, admire the majestic nature at Echo Lake State Park, and look for gifts at Zeb's General Store.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the North Conway trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to North Conway in 14 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to North Conway is 2 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in August, expect North Conway to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Pittsburg.

Things to do in North Conway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jackson, Hart's Location, Mount Washington, Echo Lake State Park, Attitash Mountain Resort
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Mount Washington ©
Mount Washington
Glen Ellis Falls ©
Glen Ellis Falls
Crawford Notch State Park ©
Crawford Notch State Park

1
night
Pittsburg

Pittsburg ©
Pittsburg is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. On the 21st (Tue), look for gifts at Treats and Treasures General Store and then contemplate the waterfront views at Connecticut Lakes Region.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pittsburg online trip maker .

Traveling by car from North Conway to Pittsburg takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from North Conway in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Pittsburg, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Franconia.

Things to do in Pittsburg

Nature Parks Shopping
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Connecticut Lakes Region ©
Connecticut Lakes Region

5
nights
Franconia

Franconia ©
Franconia is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Echo Lake Beach and Old Man of the Mountain Profile Plaza. Get outdoors at Bretton Woods and Flume Gorge. There's much more to do: stop by Chutters, make a splash at Whales Tale Waterpark, take in the views from Riverwalk Covered Bridge, and examine the collection at New England Ski Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Franconia vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Pittsburg to Franconia takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Franconia are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Holderness.

Things to do in Franconia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Littleton, Lincoln, Harman's Cheese & Country Store, The Brick Store, Bretton Woods at Mount Washington Resort
Highlights from your plan
Echo Lake Beach ©
Echo Lake Beach
Franconia Notch ©
Franconia Notch
Harman's Cheese & Country Store ©
Harman's Cheese & Country Store

1
night
Holderness

Holderness ©
Holderness is a town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Polar Caves Park and then get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Tilton. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at New Hampshire Boat Museum and then contemplate the long history of Canterbury Shaker Village.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Holderness travel route builder app .

Drive from Franconia to Holderness in an hour. Traveling from Franconia in August, Holderness is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rye.

Things to do in Holderness

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Tanger Outlets Tilton, New Hampshire Boat Museum, Canterbury Shaker Village, Polar Caves Park
Highlights from your plan
New Hampshire Boat Museum ©
New Hampshire Boat Museum
Canterbury Shaker Village ©
Canterbury Shaker Village
Tanger Outlets Tilton ©
Tanger Outlets Tilton

4
nights
Rye

Rye ©
Rye is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. Get outdoors at Jenness State Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Woodman Institute Museum and Children's Museum of New Hampshire are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hampton Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wallis Sands State Beach, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Smuttynose Brewing, and enjoy the sea views from Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse.

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Traveling by car from Holderness to Rye takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rye are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rye

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dover, Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse, Smuttynose Brewing, Jenness State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Woodman Institute Museum ©
Woodman Institute Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse ©
Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

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