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 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Albuquerque
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Abilene
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip 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. Traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in June, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

3
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, get great views at Mather Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 11.5 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in June, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are slightly colder (85°F), and nights are much colder (42°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
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.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque day trip app .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Albuquerque takes 6.5 hours. In July, Albuquerque is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F. You will leave for Amarillo on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Museums

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Amarillo online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Amarillo takes 10.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Amarillo. In July, Amarillo is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 92°F and lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Abilene.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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. On the 5th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Taylor County History Center, then get your game on at Prime Time Family Entertainment Center, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Abilene Zoo, and finally see the interesting displays at Frontier Texas!.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Abilene road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Amarillo to Abilene in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Amarillo in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 73°F in Abilene. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Abilene

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

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