9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
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Houston
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
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Gila River Indian Community
— 1 night
Drive:  16​h 30​min
End: Houston

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Houston

Houston
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Houston trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Houston. March in Houston sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 9th (Sat), you're off toCarlsbad Caverns National Park.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room, surround yourself with nature on Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, and then explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Giant Dome, explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, then explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bottomless Pit.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Carlsbad Caverns National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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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 12th (Tue): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, hike along Prater Ridge Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in March, with highs in Mesa Verde National Park at 59°F and lows at 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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 13th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: stroll through Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Mather Point.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Grand Canyon National Park fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Gila River Indian Community.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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Gila River Indian Community

Gila River Indian Community ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Tan Mountain Regional Park and then try your luck at Harrah's Ak-chin Casino.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gila River Indian Community trip planner .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Gila River Indian Community by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, with highs in Gila River Indian Community at 80°F and lows at 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

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Harrah's Ak-chin Casino, San Tan Mountain Regional Park
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San Tan Mountain Regional Park ©
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Harrah's Ak-chin Casino ©
Harrah's Ak-chin Casino

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