22 days in United States Itinerary

22 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route maker

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Denver
— 1 night
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Leadville
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Salida
— 2 nights
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Buena Vista
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Fruita
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
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Montrose
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Telluride
Drive
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Dolores
Drive
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Teec Nos Pos
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Pagosa Springs
Fly
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Denver
— 3 nights

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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver itinerary maker website.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. On the 1st (Wed), you're off to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife

Breckenridge

— 2 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company, then make a trip to Main Street, and then take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, go for a walk through Fairy Forest, and then grab your bike and head to Sawmill Creek Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip maker.

You can drive from Denver to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. While traveling from Denver, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Leadville.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Wildlife

Leadville

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lakes.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Leadville road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Leadville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in September, Leadville is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Salida.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Salida

— 2 nights
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): test the waters at Mount Princeton Historic Bath House & Hot Springs. On your second day here, stroll around Riverside Park, then learn about winemaking at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, and then take in the natural beauty of Salida Hot Springs.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Salida online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Leadville to Salida takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Leadville in September, with highs in Salida at 76°F and lows at 48°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Salida

Parks · Nature · Spas · Wineries

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 2 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You've added Cottonwood Pass, Gunnison National Forest, St. Elmo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Keep things going the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at St. Elmo, take a peaceful walk through Gunnison National Forest, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Harvard, see a world frozen in time at Vicksburg, then head outdoors with Four Mile Recreation Area, and finally take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista sightseeing tool.

Buena Vista is just a stone's throw from Salida. Expect little chillier evenings in Buena Vista when traveling from Salida in September, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then stroll around The John Denver Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Aspen online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Aspen, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Glenwood Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 42°F at night. On the 9th (Thu), you're off to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Peach Street Distillers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): hit the slopes at Powderhorn Mountain Resort and then hike along Crag Crest Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Palisade trip planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Palisade by car takes about 1.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Palisade, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Fruita.

Things to do in Palisade

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Fruita

— 1 night
The City of Fruita is a Home Rule Municipality located in western Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, then head outdoors with Rimrock Adventures, and then trek along Devils Canyon Hiking Trails.

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Fruita is very close to Palisade. In September, daily temperatures in Fruita can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Fruita

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

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. To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Grand Junction visit planning tool.

Grand Junction is very close to Fruita. September in Grand Junction sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 54°F at night. You'll set off for Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 1 night
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take a memorable drive along South Rim Road and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip maker site.

Drive from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Montrose.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks · Scenic Drive · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Montrose

— 1 night
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West and then get engrossed in the history at Ute Indian Museum. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Pioneer Town Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Montrose trip planner.

Montrose is just a stone's throw from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. September in Montrose sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums

Side Trip

Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ouray vacation site.

You can drive from Montrose to Ouray in an hour. Traveling from Montrose in September, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 66°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

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. state of Colorado. For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride trip planning website.

Drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 45°F. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Dolores.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Dolores

The Town of Dolores is a Statutory Town in Montezuma County, Colorado, United States. Before you visit Dolores, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Telluride to Dolores by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Telluride in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Dolores, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. You'll set off for Teec Nos Pos on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Dolores

Museums · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Teec Nos Pos

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Teec Nos Pos day trip planner.

You can drive from Dolores to Teec Nos Pos in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. On the 16th (Thu), you'll travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Teec Nos Pos

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park.

Discover how to plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Teec Nos Pos to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Purgatory Resort has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September in Durango, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online trip maker.

Traveling by shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. You'll set off for Denver on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

Visit Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. John's Cathedral for their historical value. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Summit Lake Park in Idaho Springs, approximately Idaho Springs away. Explore Denver further: explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Denver travel planner.

You can fly from Pagosa Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.