8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 1 day
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
— 1 night
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Big Bend National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Midland/Odessa, Fly to New York City


Colorado Springs — 1 day

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary site.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the history behind New Mexico History Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel.

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Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Carlsbad Caverns National Park — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, get a dose of the wild on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Santa Fe to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in October; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 80°F and lows reach 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Alamogordo.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Alamogordo — 1 night

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at New Mexico Museum of Space History, learn about winemaking at McGinn's PistachioLand, and then stroll through Osha Trail.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Alamogordo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Alamogordo takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in October, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park — 1 night

The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
On the 10th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan and then take in breathtaking views at McKittrick Canyon.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip app.

Getting from Alamogordo to Guadalupe Mountains National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Big Bend National Park.
Parks · Nature

Big Bend National Park — 2 nights

Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
On the 11th (Tue), hike along Lost Mine Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chisos Mountains.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Big Bend National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Big Bend National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. In October, Big Bend National Park is a bit warmer than Guadalupe Mountains National Park - with highs of 87°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

United States travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Beaches
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.