11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Houston
Drive:  13​h 15​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Littleton
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
6
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h
End: Houston

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then view the masterpieces at Crestone Artisans Gallery.

Discover how to plan a Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Houston to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Houston in July, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Littleton.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosca, Crestone Artisans Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Crestone Artisans Gallery ©
Crestone Artisans Gallery

2
nights
Littleton

Littleton ©
Littleton is the Home Rule Municipality in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties that is the county seat of Arapahoe County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): cool off at Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Littleton online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Littleton. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July since evenings lows in Littleton dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Littleton

Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center
Highlights from your plan
Pirates Cove Family Fun Aquatic Center ©

few
hours
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Littleton to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 21st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 7 hours. In July, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan

1
night
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 23rd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, make a trip to Park Point, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park day trip tool .

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
On the 24th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Big Room.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip planner .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and taxi from Mesa Verde National Park to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 71°F. On the 26th (Fri), you're off toGuadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

1
night
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Frijole Ranch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Guadalupe Peak.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2 hours. While traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Frijole Ranch ©
Frijole Ranch

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