45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Las Cruces
— 2 nights
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Alamogordo
— 3 nights
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Albuquerque
— 5 nights
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
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Los Alamos
— 4 nights
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Taos
— 4 nights
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Aztec
— 4 nights
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Farmington
— 4 nights
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Cortez
— 5 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Dolores
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Las Cruces

— 2 nights
Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. On the 8th (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces, play a few rounds at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course, and then stop by Hatch Chile Sales. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Plaza de Las Cruces, contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, then learn about winemaking at La Vina Winery, and finally do a tasting at Sombra Antigua Winery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces trip site.

Seattle to Las Cruces is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Las Cruces. Traveling from Seattle in April, expect nights in Las Cruces to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Alamogordo.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Wineries · Outdoors · Golf · Shopping

Side Trips

Alamogordo

— 3 nights
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Valley of Fires Recreation Area and White Sands National Monument. Do some cultural sightseeing at White Sands Missle Range Museum and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery (in San Patricio), Fort Stanton Historical Site (in Fort Stanton) and Links At Sierra Blanca (in Ruidoso). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Heart of the Desert, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, head outdoors with Bluff Springs, and experience rural life at McGinn's PistachioLand.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Alamogordo can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Alamogordo

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Albuquerque

— 5 nights

Duke City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and Cibola National Forest. Get outdoors at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park and Petroglyph National Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: La Ventana Natural Arch (in Grants) and Socorro (Old San Miguel Mission, Fort Craig National Historic Site, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Trinity Site, learn about winemaking at Casa Rondena Winery, examine the collection at Turquoise Museum, and delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip maker.

Drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Alamogordo in April, you will find days in Albuquerque are little chillier (71°F), and nights are about the same (43°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Santa Fe

— 5 nights

City Different

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi as well as Barrio de Analco. You'll discover tucked-away gems like San Miguel Chapel and Palace of the Governors. El Santuario de Chimayo and La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo), Route 66 Auto Museum (in Santa Rosa) and Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Santa Fe road trip planning site.

Drive from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Los Alamos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Los Alamos

— 4 nights
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Tsankawi prehistoic site - bandelier national monument has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jemez Mountains and Jemez Springs Bath House. Get outdoors at Bandelier National Monument and Battleship Rock. Explore Los Alamos' surroundings by going to Abiquiu (Christ of the Desert Monastary & Poshuouinge Ruins) and Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway (in Jemez Springs). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Santa Fe National Forest, view the masterpieces at Fuller Lodge Art Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Los Alamos Nature Center, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Don Quixote Distillery & Winery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Los Alamos trip planner.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Los Alamos in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in April, you will find days in Los Alamos are a bit cooler (60°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos

— 4 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church and Kit Carson Park. Do your shopping at Two Graces and Moxie Yarn & More. Explore Taos' surroundings by going to La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon), Orilla Verde Recreation Area (in Pilar) and Red River (Middlefork Lake & Mallette Park Nature Trail). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, get a taste of the local shopping with Taos Clay Studio, do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery, and pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taos route planner.

You can drive from Los Alamos to Taos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Los Alamos in April, with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aztec.

Things to do in Taos

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Aztec

— 4 nights
Aztec is a city and county seat of San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. Aztec Ruins National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Piedra River Trail and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Wines of the San Juan and Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Aztec side-trips: San Juan River Walk (in Pagosa Springs), Mayflower Gold Mill (in Silverton) and Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village, trek along Potato Lake Trail, immerse yourself in nature at Navajo Lake State Park (Pine), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Aztec holiday site.

You can drive from Taos to Aztec in 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in May; daily highs in Aztec reach 74°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Farmington.

Things to do in Aztec

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Farmington

— 4 nights
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Get a sense of the local culture at Chaco Culture National Historical Park and B-Square Ranch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Una Vida. Change things up with these side-trips from Farmington: Chinle (Spider Rock & Mummy Cave), Nageezi (Chetro Ketl & Fajada Butte) and Toadlena Trading Post (in Newcomb). The adventure continues: stroll around Berg/Animas Trail and tee off at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Farmington sightseeing website.

Farmington is just a stone's throw from Aztec. May in Farmington sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cortez.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cortez

— 5 nights
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Canyons of the Ancients National Monument as well as Hovenweep National Monument. Bluff Fort Historic Site and 16 Room Cliff House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Mule Canyon Ruins and Towac Visitor Center will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail (in Dinosaur), The Hideout Golf Club (in Monticello) and Bluff (Pioneer Cemetery & Comb Ridge). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Guy Drew Winery, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos, and take in breathtaking views at Dolores Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cortez travel planner.

Drive from Farmington to Cortez in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Farmington in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cortez, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
You've now added Mesa Verde National Park to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Square Tower House and Point Lookout Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balcony House and Spruce Canyon Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, hike along Knife Edge Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dolores.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Dolores

— 2 nights
The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. Your day by day itinerary now includes The Anasazi Heritage Center. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Dolores trip itinerary site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Dolores by car takes about an hour. May in Dolores sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 38°F at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Dolores

Museums
Highlights from your trip

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Get in touch with nature at Park Avenue Trail and Arches National Park Scenic Drive. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch. Step out of Arches National Park with an excursion to Shafer Canyon Overlook in Canyonlands National Park--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Double O Arch and don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch.

Make your Arches National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Dolores to Arches National Park in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Dolores in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Arches National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.