13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Madison
Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
5
Morrison
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Madison

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 10th (Sun), admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tundra Communities Trail, then get great views at Milner Pass, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mills Lake Trail.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site .

Madison to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Rocky Mountain National Park when traveling from Madison in May, with lows around 43°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Tue) before leaving for Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

2
nights
Vail

Vail
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 12th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail route planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, you will find days in Vail are much colder (44°F), and nights are little chillier (31°F). On the 14th (Thu), you'll travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Trails

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, stroll through Grottos Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Buttermilk Mountain.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen tour planning tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May; daily highs in Aspen reach 62°F and lows reach 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Ashcroft Ghost Town ©
Ashcroft Ghost Town

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 16th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail and then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Aspen to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Aspen, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Morrison.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

2
nights
Morrison

Morrison ©
The historic Town of Morrison is a Home Rule Municipality in Jefferson County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, then don't miss a visit to The Sasquatch Outpost, then take in breathtaking views at Waterton Canyon, and finally stroll around Meyer Ranch Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hiwan Homestead Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bergen Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Shadow Mountain Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Morrison takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Morrison, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Morrison

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Evergreen, Meyer Ranch Park
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Meyer Ranch Park ©
Meyer Ranch Park

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 Garden of the Gods. On the 26th (Tue), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): stroll through Palmer Park, then explore the galleries of Peterson Air & Space Museum, and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Morrison to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Climbing Tours

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