8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Monument Valley
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
5
Lake Powell
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
6
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Millicent Rogers Museum, then snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then see the interesting displays at La Hacienda del los Martinez.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Taos day trip planner.

Denver to Taos is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Taos, with lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Museums
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Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
La Hacienda del los Martinez ©
La Hacienda del los Martinez

2
nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Santa Fe when traveling from Taos in December, with lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Santa Fe in December, with lows around 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Monument Valley
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market

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hours
Monument Valley

Monument Valley
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. In December in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 20°F at night. On the 17th (Tue), you'll travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Parks Nature
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1
night
Lake Powell

Lake Powell
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
On the 18th (Wed), trek along Rainbow Bridge Trail.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lake Powell online trip maker .

Drive from Monument Valley to Lake Powell in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Monument Valley in December; daily highs in Lake Powell reach 47°F and lows reach 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Trails Parks Outdoors
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2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 19th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, then admire the striking features of Taliesin West, then examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum, and finally get lost in a book at Glendale Public Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, see Off-Road Tours, and then stop by Watson's Hat Shop.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix vacation website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lake Powell to Phoenix. Traveling from Lake Powell in December, expect nights in Phoenix to be somewhat warmer, around 46°F, while days are warmer, around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Glendale Public Library, Watson's Hat Shop
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Off-Road Tours

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