48 days in United States Itinerary

48 days in United States Itinerary

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Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
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Las Vegas
— 13 nights
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Flagstaff
— 1 night
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Santa Fe
— 11 nights
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El Paso
— 2 nights
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San Antonio
— 3 nights
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Lafayette
— 3 nights
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Bay Saint Louis
— 4 nights
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Birmingham
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 14th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: hike along Rim Trail, take in the pleasant sights at The Trail of Time, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park journey app.

Cottonwood to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Cottonwood in November, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be colder, around -6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Bright Angel Trail
4.8
Rim Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Rim Trail
5.0

13
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Las Vegas

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Change things up with these side-trips from Las Vegas: Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees (in Meadview), Little Finland (in Mesquite) and Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours (in Nelson). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through The Strip, try to win big at New York New York Casino, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and identify plant and animal life at Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner.

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Flagstaff

City of Seven Wonders

Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
On the 4th (Fri), take a stroll through Historic Downtown and Railroad District, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Walnut Canyon National Monument, and then stroll through Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Flagstaff trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Flagstaff in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a shuttle. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Flagstaff: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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11
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Santa Fe

City Different

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.
Visiting Wild Rivers Recreation Area and Mark Schumann Photo Tours will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Canyon Trail & Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument), Los Alamos (Bandelier National Monument & Los Alamos Nature Center) and Ojito Wilderness (in San Ysidro). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of Southwest Safaris, look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, visit Barrio de Analco, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Santa Fe road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Flagstaff to Santa Fe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to El Paso.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Canyon Trail
Must see
Canyon Trail
4.9
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures ©
Off-Road / ATV Trail
Santa Fe Mountain Adventures
4.8

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El Paso

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Surreal Art Sculpture Garden, Ho Baron, Artist, then take a memorable drive along Scenic Drive - Overlook, and then admire the natural beauty at El Paso Municipal Rose Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Old Mesilla Village, immerse yourself in nature at Franklin Mountains State Park, and then tee off at Butterfield Trail Golf Club.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our El Paso day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to El Paso takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, El Paso is somewhat warmer than Santa Fe - with highs of 18°C and lows of 2°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to San Antonio.

Things to do in El Paso

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Scenic Drive - Overlook ©
Scenic Drive
Scenic Drive - Overlook
4.6

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San Antonio

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 19th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cibolo Nature Center, and finally hike along Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn insider's secrets on Cottonwood Wine Tours, then see a show at Japanese Tea Gardens, and then take a stroll through La Villita Historic Arts Village.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Antonio trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from El Paso to San Antonio takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from El Paso to San Antonio, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from El Paso in December, things will get a bit warmer in San Antonio: highs are around 22°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lafayette.

Things to do in San Antonio

Parks · Wildlife · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trip

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Cibolo Nature Center ©
Wildlife Area
Cibolo Nature Center
4.7

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Lafayette

Lafayette is a city located along the Vermilion River in southwestern Louisiana. Take a break from the city and head to Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours and Lake Martin. Explore Lafayette's surroundings by going to Lake Charles (Veteran's Memorial Park, Golden Nugget Casino, &more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vermilionville, pause for some photo ops at Urns of Justice, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, and contemplate the long history of Acadian Village.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Lafayette attractions site.

Fly from San Antonio to Lafayette in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bay Saint Louis.

Things to do in Lafayette

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Vermilionville ©
Historic Walking Area
Vermilionville
4.6
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours
4.8

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Bay Saint Louis

Bay Saint Louis is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Mississippi, in the United States. Step out of the city life by going to Global Wildlife Center and Honey Island Kayak Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Bay Saint Louis side-trips: Ponchatoula Country Market (in Ponchatoula), Abita Springs (Abita Brewing Company & Abita Mystery House) and Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery (in Covington). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Fontainebleau State Park, try to win big at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Rose de Lima Catholic Church.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bay Saint Louis itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lafayette to Bay Saint Louis takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bay Saint Louis can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Birmingham.

Things to do in Bay Saint Louis

Fun & Games · Parks · Casinos · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:
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Honey Island Kayak Tours ©
Kayaking / Canoeing
Honey Island Kayak Tours
5.0
Global Wildlife Center ©
Wildlife Area
Global Wildlife Center
4.4

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Birmingham

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, then take in the pleasant sights at Alabama Wildlife Center, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Oak Mountain State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Ruffner Mountain, then get great views at Vulcan Park and Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at Red Clay Tours.

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Traveling by car from Bay Saint Louis to Birmingham takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bay Saint Louis in December, expect Birmingham to be a bit cooler, temps between 17°C and 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Birmingham

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Oak Mountain State Park ©
Biking Trail
Oak Mountain State Park
4.4
Alabama Wildlife Center ©
Scenic Walking Area
Alabama Wildlife Center
4.6
Ruffner Mountain ©
Wildlife Area
Ruffner Mountain
4.6

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