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
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Denver
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Town Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Telluride trip planner .

New York City to Telluride is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Telluride due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Telluride, with highs around 70°F, while nights are colder with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Independence Pass. Venture out of the city with trips to Marble Distilling Co. (in Carbondale), Buena Vista (River Rafting & Tubing & Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook) and Thermal Spas (in Glenwood Springs). The adventure continues: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen route website .

Traveling by car from Telluride to Aspen takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Telluride in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, Thermal Spas
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River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas

2
nights
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 30th (Fri), trot along with a tour on horseback and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, you will find days in Vail are slightly colder (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

5
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.
Visiting Photography Tours and Trail Ridge Road will get you outdoors. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs, about 38 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and admire all the interesting features of Coors Field.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Denver online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Vail to Denver in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for much hotter days in Denver, with highs around 85°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Photography Tours, Trail Ridge Road
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing

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