45 days in United States Itinerary

45 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly + Bus:  7 h 45 min
1
Las Cruces
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Alamogordo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Albuquerque
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Los Alamos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Aztec
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
8
Farmington
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Cortez
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
11
Dolores
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
12
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Seattle

2
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. 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 see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Cruces trip site.

Seattle to Las Cruces is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and bus. 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

Side Trips

Sombra Antigua Winery, La Vina Winery, Hatch Chile Sales
Highlights from your plan
Sombra Antigua Winery ©
Sombra Antigua Winery
Old Mesilla Village ©
Old Mesilla Village
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces ©
Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces

3
nights
Alamogordo

Alamogordo ©
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 Links At Sierra Blanca. Do some cultural sightseeing at Heart of the Desert and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. Change things up with these side-trips from Alamogordo: St. Joseph Apache Mission Church (in Mescalero), Fort Stanton Historical Site (in Fort Stanton) and Hurd-LaRinconada Gallery (in San Patricio). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at White Sands Missle Range Museum, learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, take in the dramatic natural features at White Sands National Monument, and get outside with Bluff Springs.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Alamogordo trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Las Cruces to Alamogordo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. 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

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bluff Springs, St. Joseph Apache Mission Church, White Sands National Monument, Links At Sierra Blanca, Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Highlights from your plan
Links At Sierra Blanca ©
Links At Sierra Blanca
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site ©
Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
Heart of the Desert ©
Heart of the Desert

5
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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 Trinity Site and Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Get outdoors at Cibola National Forest and La Ventana Natural Arch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Socorro (Old San Miguel Mission, Fort Craig National Historic Site, &more). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife West Nature Park, and look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip site.

You can drive from Alamogordo to Albuquerque in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or take a bus. When traveling from Alamogordo in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Albuquerque: temperatures range from 71°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Socorro, Coronado Historic Site, Wildlife West Nature Park, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, La Ventana Natural Arch
Highlights from your plan
Trinity Site ©
Trinity Site
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument ©
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Cibola National Forest ©
Cibola National Forest

5
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.
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: Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos), Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Route 66 Auto Museum (in Santa Rosa). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, shop like a local with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, visit Canyon Road, and explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe attractions planner.

Traveling by bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Albuquerque in April, 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

Side Trips

Pecos National Historical Park, Canyon Trail, El Santuario de Chimayo, Route 66 Auto Museum
Highlights from your plan
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

4
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
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 Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway. Explore Los Alamos' surroundings by going to Abiquiu (Christ of the Desert Monastary & Poshuouinge Ruins) and Battleship Rock (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 photos, more things to do, 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

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Abiquiu, Santa Fe National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Santa Fe National Forest ©
Santa Fe National Forest
Christ of the Desert Monastary ©
Christ of the Desert Monastary
Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House

4
nights
Taos

Taos ©
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) and Red River (Middlefork Lake & Mallette Park Nature Trail). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, examine the collection at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, take a memorable drive along High Road to Taos, and pause for some photo ops at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taos trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Los Alamos in April since evenings lows in Taos dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Aztec.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Red River, La Chiripada Winery, Orilla Verde Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument ©
Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
Taos Plaza ©
Taos Plaza

4
nights
Aztec

Aztec ©
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 San Juan River Walk. 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: Fox Fire Farms Winery (in Ignacio), Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park (in Pagosa Springs) and Mayflower Gold Mill (in Silverton). The adventure continues: trek along Potato Lake Trail, see the interesting displays at Aztec Museum and Pioneer Village, stroll through Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and admire the majestic nature at Navajo Lake State Park (Pine).

For where to stay 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

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs, Ignacio, Durango, Navajo Lake State Park (Pine), Wines of the San Juan
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

4
nights
Farmington

Farmington ©
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 Una Vida. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness and Spider Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Farmington: Nageezi (Chetro Ketl & Fajada Butte), Mummy Cave (in Chinle) and Toadlena Trading Post (in Newcomb). There's lots more to do: stroll around Berg/Animas Trail, examine the collection at B-Square Ranch, and play a few rounds at Pinon Hills Golf Course.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip planner.

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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nageezi, Chinle, Toadlena Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Chaco Culture National Historical Park ©
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Spider Rock ©
Spider Rock
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness ©
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

5
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
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 Pioneer Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Mule Canyon Ruins and 16 Room Cliff House will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Comb Ridge (in Bluff), The Hideout Golf Club (in Monticello) and Mancos State Park (in Mancos). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, learn about winemaking at Guy Drew Winery, take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos, and admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez trip planner.

Getting from Farmington to Cortez by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Farmington in May since evenings lows in Cortez dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bluff, Mancos, Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, Towac Visitor Center, Mule Canyon Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument ©
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
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 Spruce Canyon Trail and Point Lookout Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Balcony House and Spruce Tree House. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, hike along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knife Edge Trail.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park route site.

Drive from Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park in an hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dolores.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

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nights
Dolores

Dolores
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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, 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 plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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 Broken Arch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Dune Arch and Double O Arch. Step out of Arches National Park with an excursion to Shafer Canyon Overlook in Canyonlands National Park--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive and take in the dramatic natural features at 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 3 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

Side Trip

Shafer Canyon Overlook
Highlights from your plan
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch

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