17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
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Las Vegas
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Basin National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
Drive
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Phoenix
— 1 night
Drive
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Tucson
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamogordo
— 1 night
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tucson
— 1 night
Drive
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Phoenix

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Las Vegas — 1 night

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 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens and then admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Las Vegas trip planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are McCarran International Airport and Laughlin Bullhead International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.
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Zion National Park — 2 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Angel's Landing, explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park journey planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Zion National Park, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Great Basin National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive
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Great Basin National Park — 2 nights

Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
On the 20th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Mather Overlook, then trek along Bristlecone Trail, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lehman Caves. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Teresa Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Wheeler Peak, and then trek along Alpine Lakes Loop.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Great Basin National Park trip website.

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Zion National Park to Great Basin National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, things will get slightly colder in Great Basin National Park: highs are around 22°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Capitol Reef National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Capitol Reef National Park — 1 night

Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll through Capitol Reef National Park .

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park is 1 hour. In May in Capitol Reef National Park, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.
Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Bryce Canyon National Park — 2 nights

You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): hike along Queen's Garden Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and then hike along Navajo Loop Trail.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Page.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Page — 1 night

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Powell and then get great views at Horseshoe Bend.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Page day trip planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Page in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Page, with highs around 30°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.
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Petrified Forest National Park — 1 night

Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stroll through Blue Mesa.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Page to Petrified Forest National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Page in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Petrified Forest National Park, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Phoenix.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails
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Phoenix — 1 night

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Phoenix trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Petrified Forest National Park to Phoenix by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Petrified Forest National Park in May, things will get much warmer in Phoenix: highs are around 39°C and lows about 24°C. You'll set off for Tucson on the 28th (Sat).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife
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Tucson — 1 night

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Xavier del Bac, then see the interesting displays at Pima Air and Space Museum, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tucson travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Phoenix to Tucson takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get a bit cooler in Tucson: highs are around 36°C and lows about 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Alamogordo.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites
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Alamogordo — 1 night

Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at New Mexico Museum of Space History.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Alamogordo trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tucson to Alamogordo in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In May, Alamogordo is slightly colder than Tucson - with highs of 33°C and lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Carlsbad.
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Carlsbad — 2 nights

Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): Head underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and then surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, then contemplate the long history of Eddy House, and then explore the activities along Pecos River Flume.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad route website.

Getting from Alamogordo to Carlsbad by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Carlsbad are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Tucson.
Nature · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours
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Tucson — 1 night

On the 1st (Wed), brush up on your military savvy at Titan Missile Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tucson travel route builder tool.

Drive from Carlsbad to Tucson in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Carlsbad in June since evenings lows in Tucson dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Phoenix.
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Phoenix

On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Phoenix holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Phoenix takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Tucson in June, expect Phoenix to be a bit warmer, temps between 49°C and 32°C.
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United States travel guide

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