12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
5
Seneca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, delve into the distant past at Long House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip site .

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in July, plan for little chillier days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
On the 18th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point, and trek along Rim Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley day trip planning app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 90°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Nature Parks
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Photography Tours
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): trek along Pothole Point Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Island in the Sky, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally get great views at Grand View Point Overlook. On your second day here, trek along White Rim Trail, take some stellar pictures from Green River Overlook, and then hike along Shafer Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in July, with highs in Canyonlands National Park at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Seneca.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Trails Nature
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Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

2
nights
Seneca

Seneca ©
Seneca is a city in Newton County, Missouri, United States. Explore Seneca's surroundings by going to George Washington Carver National Monument (in Diamond), Bluff Dwellers Cave (in Noel) and Mater (in Galena). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum, try to win big at Downstream Casino Resort, contemplate the long history of Rainbow Bridge, and make a trip to Old Riverton Store.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Seneca online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Seneca in 16.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Canyonlands National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days in Seneca, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Seneca

Casinos Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Baxter Springs, Wyandotte, George Washington Carver National Monument, Old Riverton Store, Downstream Casino Resort
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Downstream Casino Resort ©
Downstream Casino Resort
Bluff Dwellers Cave ©
Bluff Dwellers Cave

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