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. On the 24th (Sat), wander the streets of Town Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Telluride day trip app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Telluride. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Telluride to be colder, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head 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: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip builder tool .

You can drive from Telluride to Aspen in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Telluride in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors 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), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail driving holiday planning site .

Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Get outdoors at Photography Tours and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with a short trip to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (about 2 hours away). Spend the 4th (Wed) on the water with a fishing tour. There's still lots to do: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Denver road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Vail to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in August, expect nights in Denver to be somewhat warmer, around 58°F, while days are much hotter, around 85°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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