11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Grand Junction
Drive:  5​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
End: Grand Junction

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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.
Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mesa Verde National Park using our trip planner.

Grand Junction to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Grand Junction in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails Historic Sites Outdoors
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel route website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
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Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then make a trip to Alpine Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then stroll through Perimeter Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Telluride
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
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night
Canyonlands National Park

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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Upheaval Dome, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Canyonlands National Park. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Nature Parks
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Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Upheaval Dome ©
Upheaval Dome

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, then cruise along La Sal Mountain Loop, and then stroll through Negro Bill Canyon Trail. Keep things going the next day: trek along Balanced Rock Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch, and then stroll through Double Arch.

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Moab route planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Moab takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at James M. Robb - Colorado River State Park, then hike along Canyon View Park, and then explore by horseback at The Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Grand Junction vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Moab to Grand Junction in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and train. In September, daily temperatures in Grand Junction can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park

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