44 days in United States Itinerary

44 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Chinle
— 5 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
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Sedona
— 7 nights
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Willcox
— 1 night
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Tucson
— 1 night
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Carlsbad
— 4 nights
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Anza
— 2 nights
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
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Death Valley National Park
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque — 4 nights

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.
Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Petroglyph National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to San Felipe de Neri Church and ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ABQ BioPark Zoo, learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque online trip itinerary maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Albuquerque is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Santa Fe.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Santa Fe — 5 nights

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.
Visit The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and Canyon Road for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Bandelier National Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Rio Grande Gorge Bridge (in Taos). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, pause for some photo ops at New Mexico History Museum, and don't miss a visit to ViVO Contemporary.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Santa Fe, with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chinle.
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Chinle — 5 nights

Chinle is a census-designated place in Apache County, Arizona, United States. Get in touch with nature at Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Valley of the Gods. Popular historic sites such as Bluff Fort Historic Site and Antelope House Ruin are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Canyon de Chelly Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Rim Drive, explore the striking landscape at Spider Rock, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Chinle travel route planning website.

Drive from Santa Fe to Chinle in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chinle, with lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.
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Petrified Forest National Park — 2 nights

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
On the 18th (Tue), trek along Blue Mesa and then delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Black Forest and then explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Chinle to Petrified Forest National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sedona.
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Sedona — 7 nights

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Montezuma Castle National Monument and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Devil's Bridge Trail and Red Rock State Park. Step out of Sedona to go to Camp Verde and see Verde Valley Archaeology Center, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in breathtaking views at Boynton Canyon Trail, hike along Airport Mesa, and stroll through Doe Mountain Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sedona trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Petrified Forest National Park to Sedona in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Sedona: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Willcox.
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Willcox — 1 night

Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): experience rural life at Apple Annie's You-Pick Orchard and then pause for some photo ops at Chiricahua National Monument.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Willcox online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sedona to Willcox in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, tram, and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Sedona in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Willcox: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tucson.
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Tucson — 1 night

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
On the 28th (Fri), take in the history at Mission San Xavier del Bac and then cruise along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tucson driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Willcox to Tucson takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Willcox in October since evenings lows in Tucson dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to fly to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 4 nights

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Crystal Cove. Discover out-of-the-way places like Carlsbad Village and Oceanside Pier. Change things up with these side-trips from Carlsbad: Laguna Beach (Pacific Marine Mammal Center & Heisler Park), Temecula (Old Town Temecula & Balloon Rides) and Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens (in San Clemente). It doesn't end there: stroll through Moonlight State Beach and take a leisurely stroll along San Clemente Pier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Tucson to Carlsbad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Tucson to Carlsbad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tucson in October, things will get slightly colder in Carlsbad: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Anza.
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Anza — 2 nights

Anza is a census-designated place located in southern Riverside County, California, in the Anza Valley, a semi-arid region at a mean elevation of 3921ft above sea level. On the 2nd (Wed), look and learn at Palomar Observatory and then explore the striking landscape at Himalaya Mine. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Cahuilla Casino and then take a memorable drive along Cahuilla Tewanet Scenic Overlook.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Anza trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad to Anza takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Anza when traveling from Carlsbad in November, with lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 2 nights

Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take a memorable drive along Geology Tour Road, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Keys View.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online holiday planner.

You can drive from Anza to Joshua Tree National Park in 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Anza in November: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 24°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 5 nights

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Skydiving and Shelby American Inc. Step out of the city life by going to Ultimate Desert Adventures and Green Valley Range. When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Helicopter Tours in Henderson, approximately Henderson away. And it doesn't end there: indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, visit The LINQ Promenade, and enjoy some diversion at Chapel of the Flowers.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas day trip website.

Traveling by flight from Joshua Tree National Park to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 4 nights

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Harmony Borax Works and Skidoo Mill will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Zabriskie Point and Golden Canyon. There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Titus Canyon, trek along Daylight Pass, explore the striking landscape at Ubehebe Crater, and explore the activities along Badwater Basin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Death Valley National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Las Vegas in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Death Valley National Park, with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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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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