11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Farmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
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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.
On the 6th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windows, and finally explore the striking landscape at Pothole Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, then explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, and then trek along Tunnel Arch.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip planning site.

Denver to Arches National Park is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Arches National Park, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
You can plan Canyonlands National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. August in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 63°F at night. You will leave for Zion National Park on the 7th (Fri).

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 8th (Sat), hike along The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with The Subway.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in August, with lows around 54°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 10th (Mon), get great views at Grandview Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park attractions tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks

Farmington

— 1 night
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Farmington Museum, then explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Farmington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Farmington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Farmington reach 88°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Taos.

Things to do in Farmington

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Taos

— 2 nights
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, trek along Goose Lake Trail, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally view the masterpieces at Enchanted Circle Pottery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Blumenschein Home & Museum, then explore the world behind art at Taos Art Museum, and then relax and float downstream with Far Flung Adventures.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Taos planner.

You can drive from Farmington to Taos in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Farmington in August, with highs in Taos at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 15th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Long House, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. While traveling from Taos, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then stroll through High Dune Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be slightly colder, temps between 80°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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United States travel guide

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