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

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nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Balistreri Vineyards. Take a break from the city and head to Cherry Creek Trail and Climbing Tours. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, take in the exciting artwork at American Museum of Western Art, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver itinerary app .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Denver dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then make a trip to Park Point, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taos.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then admire the masterpieces at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Taos trip maker app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Taos in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Taos to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
River Rafting & Tubing
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

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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 30th (Fri), take a memorable tour with Tours, then contemplate the long history of El Rancho de las Golondrinas, then examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Santa Fe holiday maker .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Tours Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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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.
On the 31st (Sat), explore by horseback at The Stables at Tamaya, appreciate the history behind Coronado Historic Site, and then trek along La Luz Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip builder tool .

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

The Stables at Tamaya, Coronado Historic Site
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Coronado Historic Site ©
Coronado Historic Site

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