52 days in United States Itinerary

52 days in United States Itinerary

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Washington DC
— 4 nights
Fly
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Albuquerque
— 4 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taos
— 5 nights
Drive
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Carlsbad
— 6 nights
Drive to Midland International Airport, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 1 night
Fly
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Philadelphia
— 8 nights
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New York City
— 18 nights

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Washington DC

— 4 nights
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Washington National Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and take an in-depth tour of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Washington DC tour itinerary planning tool.

If you are flying in from Ireland, the closest major aiports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Joint Base Andrews. In October, daytime highs in Washington DC are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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Albuquerque

— 4 nights

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Change things up with a short trip to Bandelier National Monument in Los Alamos (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: sample some tasty brews at Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and meet the residents at ABQ BioPark Zoo.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Albuquerque vacation planner.

Fly from Washington DC to Albuquerque in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Washington DC to Albuquerque, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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Santa Fe

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Cochiti Pueblo (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument & Canyon Trail). There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, make a trip to Meow Wolf Santa Fe, and get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe online attractions planner.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Albuquerque in October since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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Taos

— 5 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Chiripada Winery (in Dixon) and Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa (in Ojo Caliente). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery, explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Two Graces, and get outside with Taos Fly Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Taos road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Taos when traveling from Santa Fe in November, with lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Carlsbad.

Things to do in Taos

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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Carlsbad

— 6 nights
Carlsbad is a city in and the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad: Carlsbad Caverns National Park (King's Palace, Big Room, &more) and Roswell (Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art & Roswell Museum). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, stroll around Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area, admire the sheer force of Sitting Bull Falls, and explore the world behind art at Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad travel route website.

You can drive from Taos to Carlsbad in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In November, Carlsbad is somewhat warmer than Taos - with highs of 22°C and lows of 3°C. You will leave for Chicago on the 16th (Wed).

Things to do in Carlsbad

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

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Chicago

— 1 night

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower, admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago, walk around Millennium Park, then examine the collection at Oriental Institute Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Chicago Cultural Center.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago tour builder website.

Explore your travel options from Carlsbad to Chicago with the Route module. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Carlsbad in November, expect nights in Chicago to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are little chillier, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Philadelphia.

Things to do in Chicago

Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Philadelphia

— 8 nights

The City of Brotherly Love

Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S. democracy, as it was once the meeting place for the country's Founding Fathers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Philadelphia: Longwood Gardens (in Kennett Square), Valley Forge National Historical Park (in Valley Forge) and Chadds Ford (Brandywine Battlefield & Brandywine River Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: stroll around Wissahickon Valley Park, get engrossed in the history at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, admire the masterpieces at Barnes Foundation, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Reading Terminal Market.

Before you visit Philadelphia, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Chicago to Philadelphia in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Philadelphia: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to New York City.

Things to do in Philadelphia

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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New York City

— 18 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately Bronx away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, stroll around The High Line, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the New York City online trip builder.

Getting from Philadelphia to New York City by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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United States travel guide

4.5
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

New Mexico travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.