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
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

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night
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.
To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs attractions planner .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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nights
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 26th (Mon): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

Discover how to plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Taos.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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night
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 28th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the world behind art at Millicent Rogers Museum, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Taos trip planner .

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. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Taos: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

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

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Nedra Matteucci Galleries, explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel, see the interesting displays at Palace of the Governors, then steep yourself in history at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, and finally stop by Mama's Minerals. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, steep yourself in history at El Santuario de Chimayo, then delve into the distant past at Puye Cliff Dwellings, and finally examine the collection at The Harrell House Bug Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe day trip website .

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, Santa Fe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Puye Cliff Dwellings, El Santuario de Chimayo
Highlights from your plan
Nedra Matteucci Galleries ©
Nedra Matteucci Galleries
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel
El Santuario de Chimayo ©
El Santuario de Chimayo

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nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, learn more about the world around you at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, admire the masterpieces at Albuquerque Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church, and finally see the interesting displays at American International Rattlesnake Museum. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, then take an in-depth tour of Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, then delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old San Ysidro Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque sightseeing app .

Traveling by bus from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in August, Albuquerque is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 64°F. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Coronado Historic Site, Old San Ysidro Church
Highlights from your plan

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