13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Albuquerque
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes History and Ghost Tours of Old Town, Albuquerque Old Town, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, and other attractions you added. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of Albuquerque Old Town, get a taste of local nightlife at History and Ghost Tours of Old Town, and then explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Albuquerque is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Albuquerque, with highs around 93°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 64°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trip

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument

2
nights
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 23rd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour site .

Traveling by car from Albuquerque to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 25th (Tue), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House, explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour 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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dinosaur Ridge as well as Yellow Wood Guiding. On the 27th (Thu), explore and take pictures at Dinosaur Ridge and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then trek along with Yellow Wood Guiding.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Yellow Wood Guiding ©
Yellow Wood Guiding
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Union Station and sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip website .

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Coors Brewery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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