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:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
2
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary site .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect little chillier with lows of 64°F in Albuquerque. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
San Felipe de Neri Church ©
San Felipe de Neri Church

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, then make a trip to Santa Fe Plaza, then admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary maker .

You can take a bus from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in August, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
On the 27th (Tue), take a memorable tour with Tours, snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and then make a trip to Taos Pueblo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Taos travel tool .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Fe in August: high temperatures in Taos hover around 79°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

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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 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour planner.

Drive from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. When traveling from Taos in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
On the 30th (Fri), walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sat): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planning tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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