12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner
Make it your trip
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can fly to Durango.
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Durango — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Durango takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Junction.
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Grand Junction — 2 nights

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 11th (Tue): take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, and then trek along Canyon View Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Fort Uncompahgre, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa, then make a trip to Clark Family Orchards, then make a trip to The Blue Pig Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Talon Wines at the Meadery.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction trip planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Durango in July: high temperatures in Grand Junction hover around 39°C and lows are around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 6 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake. Change things up with a short trip to Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Washburn, and explore the striking landscape at Lower Geyser Basin.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park vacation builder tool.

You can fly from Grand Junction to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Grand Junction in July; daily highs in Yellowstone National Park reach 26°C and lows reach 4°C.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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