11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + Drive:  8​h
7
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Appleton

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Appleton to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Appleton in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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Denver

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.
On the 16th (Tue), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then look for gifts at Tattered Cover Bookstore, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally browse the exhibits of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip maker site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April: highs in Denver hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Tattered Cover Bookstore ©
Tattered Cover Bookstore

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night
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 17th (Wed), stop by Gearheads Outdoor Store, grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, view the masterpieces at Gallery Moab LCA, then get a taste of the local shopping with Tom Till Gallery, and finally hike along Negro Bill Canyon Trail.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Moab journey planner .

Getting from Denver to Moab by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Denver, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Moab, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery
Gallery Moab LCA ©
Gallery Moab LCA

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 29°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Historic Sites Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): hike along Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April: highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 60°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 20th (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in April, with lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, then trek along Rim Trail, then stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and finally trek along Bryce Amphitheatre. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Fairyland Loop Trail.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight, bus, and car from Colorado Springs to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, Bryce Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Fairyland Point ©
Fairyland Point

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