10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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10 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
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Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Redstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Denver

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Denver

Denver ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Denver Museum of Nature & Science as well as Denver Art Museum. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then do a tasting at Balistreri Vineyards, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online journey builder .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Nightlife Childrens Museums
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Balistreri Vineyards ©
Balistreri Vineyards
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 14th (Wed), examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum and then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Redstone.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Museums Wildlife Parks
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Redstone

Redstone ©
Redstone is a census-designated place in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Redstone itinerary maker app .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Redstone in 5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for colder days in Redstone, with highs around 64°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Redstone

Parks Nature

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Penny Hot Springs
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Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs ©
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Penny Hot Springs ©
Penny Hot Springs

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tomichi Point, then take in the awesome beauty at Gunnison Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Warner Point.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Redstone to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Redstone in August: highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

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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 18th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday builder .

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Mon), stroll through San Juan River Walk, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hike along Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

Plan trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Explore your travel options from Pagosa Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in August, and nighttime lows around 45°F. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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