51 days in Ottawa, St. Augustine & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

51 days in Ottawa, St. Augustine & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

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51 days in Ottawa, St. Augustine & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

Ottawa, Canada
Ottawa, Canada
— 14 nights
Drive:  19​h 30​min
St. Augustine, United States
— 16 nights
Drive:  23​h 30​min
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States
— 17 nights
Drive:  31​h 45​min
Ottawa, Canada

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Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa ©
A major center of technology nicknamed "Silicon Valley North," Ottawa offers visitors a modern flavor with its range of trendy hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ottawa: Perth Outfitters (in Perth), Beckwith Nature Trail (in Carleton Place) and Upper Canada Village (in Morrisburg). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Parliament Hill and Buildings, hike along Gatineau Park, see the interesting displays at National Gallery of Canada, and stroll through Rideau Canal.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ottawa trip planner .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. In May in Ottawa, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Ottawa

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatineau, Brockville, Merrickville, Upper Canada Village, Kilborn's on the Rideau
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Parliament Hill and Buildings ©
Parliament Hill and Buildings
Rideau Canal ©
Rideau Canal
Canadian War Museum ©
Canadian War Museum

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St. Augustine, United States

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. Explore St. Augustine's surroundings by going to Ocala (Sholom Park & The Gypsy Gold Farm), Daytona Beach (Beach at Daytona Beach, Daytona International Speedway, & more) and Ponce Inlet (Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum & Lighthouse Point Park). Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Fort Matanzas National Monument. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Castillo de San Marcos, identify plant and animal life at St. Augustine Wild Reserve, visit a coastal fixture at St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, and kick back and relax at St. Augustine Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St. Augustine journey maker .

Explore your travel options from Ottawa to St. Augustine with the Route module. In May, St. Augustine is somewhat warmer than Ottawa - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in St. Augustine

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Daytona Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Ocala, Ormond Beach, Ponce Inlet
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Castillo de San Marcos ©
Castillo de San Marcos
St. Augustine Distillery ©
St. Augustine Distillery
Beach at Daytona Beach ©
Beach at Daytona Beach

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Street Sculptures (in Artesia), Guadalupe Mountains National Park (Smith Spring, Guadalupe Peak, & more) and Carlsbad (Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Pecos River Flume, & more). The adventure continues: Head underground at Big Room, cruise along Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, explore the striking landscape at Lion's Tail, and get interesting insight from Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

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You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from St. Augustine to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from St. Augustine, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 22°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Carlsbad, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Street Sculptures
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Guadalupe Peak
McKittrick Canyon ©
McKittrick Canyon

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