13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Grand Junction
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Carbondale
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Denver
— Few hours
End: Denver

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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.
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Denver day trip planning tool .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and then stroll through Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Climbing Tours
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
day
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

1
night
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. For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Pagosa Springs with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
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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 31st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Ruins Road, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): hike along Double Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, with highs in Arches National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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hours
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. On the 4th (Sun), examine the collection at John McConnell Math and Science Center, then stroll around Canyon View Park, and then do a tasting at Red Fox Cellars.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction trip planner .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. In August in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Carbondale.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Red Fox Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Red Fox Cellars ©
Red Fox Cellars

3
nights
Carbondale

Carbondale ©
The Town of Carbondale is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Carbondale trip builder app .

Drive from Grand Junction to Carbondale in 2 hours. When traveling from Grand Junction in August, plan for much colder days in Carbondale, with highs around 64°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Carbondale

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Roaring Fork Valley
Highlights from your plan

few
hours
Denver

Denver ©
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Denver holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Denver in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

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