12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Sand Dune Arch has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Broken Arch, explore the striking landscape at Sand Dune Arch, and then look for gifts at Moab Rock Shop. On the next day, hike along Moab Brand Trails, view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery, and then see the sky in a new way at RedRock Astronomy.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Moab vacation planner.

Denver to Moab is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In November in Moab, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery

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.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Moab in November since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, stop by Honeyville, and then hit the slopes at Durango Snowbike Experience. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery, take advantage of the amenities at Durango Community Recreation Center, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Durango itinerary builder.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum
Durango Community Recreation Center ©

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum, and then cruise along South Rim Road.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip generator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durango to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Ute Indian Museum
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Monument Valley Park, Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): go for a walk through Pikes Peak and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Park. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Colorado Springs. December in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Park ©
Monument Valley Park
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Leanin' Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden Of Western Art. On your second day here, admire the majestic nature at Roxborough State Park, admire the striking features of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip generator.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Denver sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -8°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Roxborough State Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Leanin' Tree
Highlights from your plan
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

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