9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
2
Big Bend National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  9​h
3
San Antonio
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
New Orleans
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Let the collections at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Museum of International Folk Art capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate San Miguel Chapel and Old San Ysidro Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albuquerque: Santa Fe (True West Gallery, New Mexico History Museum, & more) and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, see the interesting displays at American International Rattlesnake Museum, explore the world behind art at Albuquerque Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Felipe de Neri Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip itinerary maker site .

Washington DC to Albuquerque is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, Albuquerque is little chillier at night with lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Fe, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, Old San Ysidro Church
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New Mexico History Museum ©
New Mexico History Museum
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
day
Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park ©
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 27th (Sat), explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Big Bend National Park vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Albuquerque to Big Bend National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in July, with highs in Big Bend National Park at 99°F and lows at 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to San Antonio.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks Nature
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Santa Elena Canyon ©
Santa Elena Canyon

1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then take an in-depth tour of Battle For Texas: The Experience, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, examine the collection at Briscoe Western Art Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the San Antonio online route builder .

Traveling by car from Big Bend National Park to San Antonio takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 98°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in San Antonio

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Battle For Texas: The Experience ©
Battle For Texas: The Experience
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Briscoe Western Art Museum ©
Briscoe Western Art Museum

2
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
On the 30th (Tue), examine the collection at The National WWII Museum, admire the striking features of St. Louis Cathedral, then stop by Faulkner House Books, and finally make a trip to French Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Garden District, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Lafayette Cemetery No.1, then examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jackson Square.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Orleans trip builder tool .

You can fly from San Antonio to New Orleans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from San Antonio in July: highs in New Orleans hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World ©
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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