11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday builder

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Denver
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver

Mile-High City

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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In October in Denver, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center and then hike along High Dune Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker tool.

You can drive from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Denver in October, with lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Keep things going the next day: cruise along East Portal Road and then cruise along South Rim Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. October in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail.

To plan Canyonlands National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 14th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery, then admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery Moab LCA, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Moab in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Moab are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sat) before leaving for Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

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 16th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, and then trek along Windows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Moab to Arches National Park by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.