54 days in United States Itinerary

54 days in United States Itinerary

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54 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  30​min
1
Scottsdale
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h
2
Denver
— 27 nights
Fly + Drive:  7​h
3
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
4
Austin
— 10 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Bastrop
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
6
Taos
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

1
day
Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Brown's Ranch Trailhead, see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franciscan Renewal Center, then take in the history at Old Adobe Mission, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Scottsdale journey planner .

Phoenix to Scottsdale is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Scottsdale can reach 99°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Franciscan Renewal Center, Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
Highlights from your plan
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson ©
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
Franciscan Renewal Center ©
Franciscan Renewal Center
Old Adobe Mission ©
Old Adobe Mission

27
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Castlewood Canyon State Park and Guanella Pass. Escape the urban bustle at Adams Falls Trail and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark), Rocky Mountain National Park (Sprague Lake, Alberta Falls, & more) and Estes Park (The Studio Fine Art and Framing, Estes Park Visitor Center, & more). Spend the 15th (Thu) on the water with a fishing tour. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Roxborough State Park, get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek Trail, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

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You can fly from Scottsdale to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder, Estes Park, Morrison, Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

4
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 out of the city life by going to Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour and Giant Dome. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bottomless Pit and Smith Spring. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Guadalupe Mountains National Park (McKittrick Canyon, Devil's Hall Trail, & more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Slaughter Canyon Cave, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, and explore the activities along Green Lake.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Denver to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Denver in October; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Austin.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Giant Dome ©
Giant Dome
McKittrick Canyon ©
McKittrick Canyon
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

10
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. Explore hidden gems such as Climbing Tours and Texas State Cemetery. Escape the urban bustle at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Barton Creek Greenbelt. Explore Austin's surroundings by going to Jacob's Well Natural Area (in Wimberley), Old Blanco County Courthouse (in Blanco) and Burnet (Longhorn Cavern State Park & Inks Lake State Park). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hamilton Pool Preserve, learn about all things military at Texas Military Forces Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Inner Space Cavern, and explore the activities along Town Lake.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin route maker tool .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Austin takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in October since evenings lows in Austin dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Burnet, St Joseph Catholic Church, Old Blanco County Courthouse
Highlights from your plan
Longhorn Cavern State Park ©
Longhorn Cavern State Park
Hamilton Pool Preserve ©
Hamilton Pool Preserve
Jacob's Well Natural Area ©
Jacob's Well Natural Area

3
nights
Bastrop

Bastrop ©
Bastrop is a city and the county seat of Bastrop County, Texas, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rising Phoenix Adventures as well as Lake Bastrop North Shore Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Martins Catholic Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Pioneer Village Living History Center and Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bastrop's surroundings by going to Saint Paul Lutheran Church and Wendish Cabin (in Giddings), Winedale Historical Center (in Round Top) and St. Mary's Church of the Assumption (in Schulenburg). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Texas Heroes Square and do a tasting at The Weimary.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bastrop holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Albuquerque to Bastrop. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Albuquerque in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Bastrop: highs are around 70°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bastrop

Outdoors Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Gonzales, Schulenburg, Saint Paul Lutheran Church and Wendish Cabin, St Martins Catholic Church, The Weimary
Highlights from your plan
Lake Bastrop North Shore Park ©
Lake Bastrop North Shore Park
St Martins Catholic Church ©
St Martins Catholic Church
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church ©

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Santo Nino Chapel and Williams Lake. Visit Stations of the Cross Shrine and Blumenschein Home & Museum for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taos: Cimarron Canyon State Park (in Eagle Nest), Red River (Mallette Park Nature Trail & Goose Lake Trail) and Philmont Scout Ranch (in Cimarron). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the exciting artwork at 203 Fine Art, sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing, and browse for treasures at Chimayo Trading Del Norte.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Taos trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Bastrop to Taos with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bastrop to Taos. Traveling from Bastrop in November, you will find days in Taos are little chillier (51°F), and nights are colder (21°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Red River, Cimarron Canyon State Park, Philmont Scout Ranch, Santo Nino Chapel, Stations of the Cross Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Balloon Rides
Stations of the Cross Shrine ©
Stations of the Cross Shrine

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society and Albuquerque Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like El Rancho de las Golondrinas and San Miguel Chapel. Change things up with a short trip to The Harrell House Bug Museum in Santa Fe (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, admire the natural beauty at Albuquerque Biological Park, stop by Chocolate Dude, and contemplate the long history of Coronado Historic Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Taos to Albuquerque takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in November; daily highs in Albuquerque reach 59°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Coronado Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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