12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 1 day
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver

Mile-High City

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 25th (Thu), meet the residents at Denver Zoo and then get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Chicago in June since evenings lows in Denver dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks

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Yellowstone National Park

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Family-friendly places like Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and West Thumb Geyser Basin will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, explore the striking landscape at Blue Star Spring, and explore the stunning scenery at S Rim Trail.

Before you visit Yellowstone National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Denver to Yellowstone National Park in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Denver in June, plan for little chillier days in Yellowstone National Park, with highs around 66°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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Arches National Park

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 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Arches National Park vacation planner.

Getting from Yellowstone National Park to Arches National Park by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, shuttle, taxi, and train. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in June; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 95°F and lows reach 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

3
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Aspen

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kids will enjoy Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Arches National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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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.