9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  11​h
1
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 15​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
3
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Abilene
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planning tool .

Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Carlsbad Caverns National Park when traveling from Houston in July, with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

4
nights
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.
On the 23rd (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park travel route planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 11.5 hours. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Carlsbad Caverns National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Amarillo.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
You've now added Palo Duro Canyon State Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amarillo trip maker site .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Amarillo by car takes about 10.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Amarillo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, with highs in Amarillo at 92°F and lows at 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Amarillo

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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Palo Duro Canyon State Park ©
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

1
night
Abilene

Abilene ©
Abilene is a city in Taylor and Jones counties in West Texas, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Frontier Texas!, tour the pleasant surroundings at Abilene Zoo, and then have some family-friendly fun at Prime Time Family Entertainment Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Abilene day trip site .

Drive from Amarillo to Abilene in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Abilene when traveling from Amarillo in July, with lows around 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Abilene

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Taylor County History Center
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Frontier Texas! ©
Frontier Texas!
Taylor County History Center ©
Taylor County History Center

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