12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 6 nights
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 6 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Independence Pass, The John Denver Sanctuary, &more). The adventure continues: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel planning site.

Columbus to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbus in June, things will get little chillier in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Arches National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. On the next day, stroll through Windows, then trek along Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Tunnel Arch.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, you will find days in Arches National Park are much hotter (95°F), and nights are a bit warmer (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In June, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler than Arches National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. You will leave for Colorado Springs on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Cañon City (about 1h 15 min away). Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's still lots to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy, and look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

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Drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect a bit warmer with lows of 54°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
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.