10 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Arches National Park & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Lake Tahoe Area, Arches National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Truckee
— 1 day
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Arches National Park
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly

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Truckee

— 1 day
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): cast your line with Matt Heron Fly Fishing and then take a stroll through Historic Downtown Truckee.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Truckee online attractions planner.

New York City to Truckee is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from New York City to Truckee, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Truckee when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

South Lake Tahoe

— 2 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Tallac Historic Site, then step into the grandiose world of Vikingsholm, and then awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours From Tahoe. On your second day here, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our South Lake Tahoe visit planner.

Drive from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then stroll through Delicate Arch, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiery Furnace.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of flight and car from South Lake Tahoe to Arches National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from South Lake Tahoe to Arches National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Arches National Park: highs are around 95°F and lows about 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cañon City (River Rafting & Tubing & Skyline Drive). The adventure continues: walk around Garden of the Gods, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip planning app.

Getting from Arches National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arches National Park in June: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 84°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On your second day here, get interesting insight from Tours and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Estes Park online attractions planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. June in Estes Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning app.

Getting from Estes Park to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Shopping

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.