12 days in New York City & Colorado Itinerary

12 days in New York City & Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in New York City & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Tampa

2
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
On the 9th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Henry Hudson Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Gunnison Beach, and then pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Times Square, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary, and then kick back and relax at 8th Ave Jetty.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read New York City trip itinerary planner.

Tampa to New York City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. In June, New York City is slightly colder than Tampa - with highs of 80°F and lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in New York City

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

8th Ave Jetty, Gunnison Beach, Bliss Price Arboretum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Henry Hudson Trail
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Times Square ©
Times Square
Gunnison Beach ©
Gunnison Beach

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Colorado Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from New York City to Colorado Springs in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kauffman House Museum and then explore by horseback at Winding River Resort Stables.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Grand Lake
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Winding River Resort Stables ©
Winding River Resort Stables
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, then stop by Lantern Dancer, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 80°F and lows at 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Long House, then make a trip to Step House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit planning website .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, then trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and then shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

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