9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Montgomery
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Montgomery
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 1 day
+2
Fly + foot + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Santa Fe
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Montgomery

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Montgomery

Montgomery ©
Montgomery is the capital of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Dexter Parsonage Museum - Dr. Martin Luther King home, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alabama Safari Park, then appreciate the history behind National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and finally explore the world behind art at Legacy Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Montgomery travel planning tool .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Montgomery. In December in Montgomery, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Austin.

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Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 28th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, then browse the collection at Harry Ransom Center, then explore the world behind art at Elisabet Ney Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Austin journey planning website .

You can fly from Montgomery to Austin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Austin

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Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Harry Ransom Center ©
Harry Ransom Center

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary maker website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Austin to Denver in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in December, things will get colder in Denver: highs are around 43°F and lows about 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): examine the collection at The Getty Center, kick back and relax at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, then take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, and finally admire the masterpieces at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall, then admire the majestic nature at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and finally take a stroll through Angelino Heights Historic Area.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Los Angeles trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Denver to Los Angeles takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Los Angeles due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in December, things will get much hotter in Los Angeles: highs are around 69°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Santa Monica
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The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hopi House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bright Angel History Room and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Grand Canyon National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder website .

Traveling by car from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in January, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 44°F and lows at 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Hopi House ©
Hopi House

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and then learn about winemaking at The Wine Spot.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 7 hours. In January in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 20°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
The Wine Spot ©
The Wine Spot

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