9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
2
Ruidoso
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Phoenix
— Few hours
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Amarillo

Amarillo ©
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): wander the streets of U.S. Route 66 - Sixth Street Historic District, stop by Cavender's Boot City, then don't miss a visit to Texas Panhandle War Memorial, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Amarillo trip planner .

Philadelphia to Amarillo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Amarillo. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 66°F in Amarillo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ruidoso.

Things to do in Amarillo

Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cavender's Boot City ©
Cavender's Boot City
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West ©
Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West

1
night
Ruidoso

Ruidoso ©
Ruidoso is a village in Lincoln County, New Mexico, United States, adjacent to the Lincoln National Forest. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): learn about all things military at Fort Stanton Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ruidoso trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Amarillo to Ruidoso by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Amarillo to Ruidoso, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Amarillo in July, with highs in Ruidoso at 80°F and lows at 58°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Ruidoso

Museums

Side Trip

Fort Stanton Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fort Stanton Museum ©
Fort Stanton Museum

1
night
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 29th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and then view the masterpieces at Andrew Smith Gallery, Inc..

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe day trip website .

You can drive from Ruidoso to Santa Fe in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Ruidoso in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bearizona Wildlife Park, then stop by Psychic Readings by Nirup, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Santa Fe to Sedona takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Santa Fe in July since evenings lows in Sedona dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Spas
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park

1
night
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 1st (Thu), enjoy some music at Hopi House, examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sedona in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at The Mob Museum, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, then examine the collection at Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and finally admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas online trip maker .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 101°F and lows about 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum
The Neon Museum ©
The Neon Museum

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hours
Phoenix

Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Phoenix by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Phoenix due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Phoenix, with lows of 83°F. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Sat).

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Parks Tours

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