8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Bus
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Las Cruces
Drive
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Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at North Rim Visitor Center and then take in the pleasant sights at The Trail of Time. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Bright Angel Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip tool.

San Francisco to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from San Francisco, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the bus to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Petrified Forest National Park

— 3 nights
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
On the 6th (Tue), hike along Crystal Forest Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Giant Logs. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Painted Desert Inn, then hike along Blue Mesa, and then make a trip to Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Petrified Forest National Park day trip tool.

You can take a bus from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Petrified Forest National Park sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Las Cruces.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Las Cruces

Las Cruces, also known as "The City of the Crosses", is the seat of Doña Ana County, New Mexico, United States. To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Las Cruces itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Petrified Forest National Park to Las Cruces takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, Las Cruces is a bit warmer than Petrified Forest National Park - with highs of 94°F and lows of 68°F. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Las Cruces

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Albuquerque

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town, then get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, and then look for gifts at The Candy Lady.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Albuquerque vacation planning website.

You can drive from Las Cruces to Albuquerque in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Albuquerque can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.