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
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Grand Junction
— 4 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Albuquerque
— 7 nights
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Prescott Valley
— 3 nights
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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
— 5 nights
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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 do a combination of flight and car. 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 travel to Kanopolis.

Things to do in Rolla

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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 do a combination of car and flight. 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.

Things to do in Kanopolis

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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 Grand Mesa. Step out of Grand Junction with an excursion to Clark Family Orchards in Palisade--about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument, 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.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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 Devils Garden Trailhead. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canyonlands National Park: Natural Bridges National Monument (in Blanding) and Arches National Park (Landscape Arch & Pine Tree Arch). 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 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.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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. 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 catch the flight to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Albuquerque

— 7 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.
Get in touch with nature at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Canyon Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Albuquerque: Bandelier National Monument (in Los Alamos) and Santa Fe (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Loretto Chapel, &more). The adventure continues: learn the secrets of beer at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, tour the pleasant surroundings at Corrales Bosque, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and hike along Boca Negra Canyon.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque tour website.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Albuquerque takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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. The adventure continues: trek along Rim Trail, cruise along East Rim Drive, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Point.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park route planner.

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Prescott Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 Glassford Summit Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Montezuma Castle National Monument (in Camp Verde), Jerome State Historic Park (in Jerome) and Cottonwood (Blazin' M Ranch, Historic Old Town Cottonwood, &more). There's more to do: hike along Iron King 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. 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 travel to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Prescott Valley

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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 Arch Rock Nature Trail and Hidden Valley Nature Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Wonderland of Rocks, trek along 49 Palms Canyon Trail, identify plant and animal life at Barker Dam Trail, and admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Prescott Valley to Joshua Tree National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Prescott Valley to Joshua Tree National Park is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Prescott Valley in June, with highs in Joshua Tree National Park at 102°F and lows at 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

San Diego

— 3 nights

America's Finest City

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 taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. 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.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches · Outdoors

Los Angeles

— 3 nights

City of Angels

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 Venice Beach and Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Monica Pier, see the sky in a new way at Griffith Observatory, explore the fascinating underground world of Bronson Caves, and get to know the fascinating history of Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

Nature · Parks

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 Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (in Santa Nella) and San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (in Gustine). 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.

Things to do in Paicines

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

San Francisco

— 4 nights

City by the Bay

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.

To plan San Francisco vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

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.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips