57 days in Rolla, Kanopolis & Western US Itinerary

57 days in Rolla, Kanopolis & Western US Itinerary

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Rolla
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Kanopolis
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Grand Junction
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Canyonlands National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Albuquerque
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Petrified Forest National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Prescott Valley
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Joshua Tree National Park
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Channel Islands National Park
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Paicines
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San Francisco
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Rolla — 2 nights

Rolla is a city in and the county seat of Phelps County, Missouri, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): Head underground at Onondaga Cave. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at The Fugitive Beach, take in the natural beauty of Maramec Spring Park, then Head underground at Meramec Caverns, and finally admire the majestic nature at Meramec State Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rolla trip planner.

Columbus to Rolla is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Rolla, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kanopolis.
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Kanopolis — 2 nights

Kanopolis is a city in Ellsworth County, Kansas, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), stroll around Mushroom Rock State Park and then explore the striking landscape at Rock City. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Kanopolis State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Wilson Reservoir, State Park And Wildlife Area.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kanopolis itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rolla to Kanopolis takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Kanopolis, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to White Mountain Trading Post, examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Stations of the Cross Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve tour itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kanopolis to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Kanopolis to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kanopolis in May, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are a bit cooler (67°F), and nights are cooler (32°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Junction.
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Grand Junction — 4 nights

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Colorado National Monument. Step out of Grand Junction with an excursion to Clark Family Orchards in Palisade--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, get curious at John McConnell Math and Science Center, and stop by Downtown Grand Junction.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Grand Junction with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 73°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.
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Canyonlands National Park — 3 nights

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Take a break from the city and head to Island in the Sky and Natural Bridges National Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canyonlands National Park: Arches National Park (Devils Garden Trailhead, Landscape Arch, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at White Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, and hike along Pothole Point Trail.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Canyonlands National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. May in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Take a break from the city and head to Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, trek along Prater Ridge Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, with highs in Mesa Verde National Park at 89°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 7 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 in touch with nature at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Bandelier National Monument. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Canyon Trail (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Santa Fe (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Loretto Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, stroll through Boca Negra Canyon, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and grab your bike and head to Corrales Bosque.

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

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Albuquerque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June since evenings lows in Albuquerque dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.
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Petrified Forest National Park — 3 nights

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): trek along Blue Mesa, take a peaceful walk through Rainbow Forest, and then identify plant and animal life at Giant Logs. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, hike along Crystal Forest Trail, and then take a peaceful walk through Jasper Forest.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Petrified Forest National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Petrified Forest National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Albuquerque in June, expect Petrified Forest National Park to be little chillier, temps between 87°F and 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 7 nights

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 Grand Canyon South Rim and North Kaibab Trail. On the 18th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: trek along Rim Trail, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, admire all the interesting features of Cape Royal, and take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Prescott Valley.
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Prescott Valley — 3 nights

Prescott Valley is a town with a current population of about 45,500 residents located in Yavapai County, Arizona, United States, and a suburb of Prescott . Escape the urban bustle at Fort Verde State Historic Park and Iron King Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome), Cottonwood (Blazin' M Ranch, Historic Old Town Cottonwood, &more) and Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde). There's more to do: hike along Glassford Summit Trail and tee off at StoneRidge Golf Course.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Prescott Valley travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Prescott Valley takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, with highs in Prescott Valley at 91°F and lows at 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
Visiting Wonderland of Rocks and 49 Palms Canyon Trail will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Keys View, trek along Arch Rock Nature Trail, appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park online road trip planner.

Getting from Prescott Valley to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Prescott Valley to Joshua Tree National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Prescott Valley in June: high temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 102°F and lows are around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Diego.
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San Diego — 3 nights

Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Cabrillo National Monument and then meet the residents at San Diego Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at USS Midway Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at La Jolla Cove.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our San Diego driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in June, plan for much colder days in San Diego, with highs around 73°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 3 nights

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Get in touch with nature at South Bay Bicycle Trail and Mulholland Drive. Take a break from Los Angeles with a short trip to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Los Angeles online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from San Diego in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Los Angeles, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Channel Islands National Park.
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Channel Islands National Park — 2 nights

The coast of Southern California might be one of the most densely populated areas of the United States, but a quick hop out to Channel Islands National Park provides a picture of coastal living in the region before human development.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the fascinating underground world of The Sea Caves, then explore the striking landscape of Anacapa Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Santa Cruz Island.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Channel Islands National Park trip itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Angeles to Channel Islands National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in July, things will get slightly colder in Channel Islands National Park: highs are around 75°F and lows about 60°F. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Paicines.
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Paicines — 5 nights

The unincorporated community of Paicines, formerly Tres Pinos, is located at 680ft above mean sea level (AMSL) in San Benito County, California along State Route 25. Step out of the city life by going to Pinnacles National Park and Balconies Cliffs Trails. Get out of town with these interesting Paicines side-trips: Soledad (Mission Nuestra Senora de la Soledad & Hahn Estate Winery), San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (in Gustine) and San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (in Santa Nella). And it doesn't end there: trek along Bear Gulch Caves, enjoy the sand and surf at Sand Dollar Beach, admire the majestic nature at Fremont Peak State Park, and stroll around Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paicines travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Channel Islands National Park to Paicines. When traveling from Channel Islands National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Paicines: temperatures range from 82°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 4 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Step out of the city life by going to Alcatraz Island and Marin Headlands. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, approximately Mill Valley away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, get curious at Exploratorium, and examine the collection at Musee Mecanique.

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Drive from Paicines to San Francisco in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Paicines in July: highs in San Francisco hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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