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Fly to Denver, Bus to Grand Lake, CO, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sedona
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Farmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
Shuttle
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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South Fork
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Central City
— 1 night
Drive

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Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app.

Jacksonville to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Jacksonville in August, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. On the 21st (Sun), you're off to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim, North Rim Visitor Center, Grandview Point, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get all the information you need at Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip planning website.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 50°F. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sedona.
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Nature · Parks · Shopping

Sedona

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 23rd (Tue), explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona day trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Sedona at 89°F and lows at 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Monument Valley.
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Monument Valley — 1 night

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Monument Valley trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Monument Valley takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Sedona in August, Monument Valley is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Farmington.
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Farmington — 1 night

Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. On the 25th (Thu), examine the collection at Farmington Museum, explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Rivers Brewery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Farmington trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Farmington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Farmington, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Museums

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

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 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Farmington to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Farmington in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. On the 27th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In August in Durango, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.
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Pagosa Springs — 1 night

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip site.

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to South Fork.
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South Fork

South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Mon), look for gifts at Haefelis Honey.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the South Fork tour planning site.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to South Fork in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in South Fork are colder (54°F), and nights are little chillier (40°F). On the 29th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 1 night

Your day by day itinerary now includes Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center.

To see maps and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker tool.

Getting from South Fork to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Fork in August, expect nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are much hotter, around 80°F. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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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.
You've now added Black Canyon Visitor Center to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, get answers to all your questions at Black Canyon Visitor Center, then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall, and finally take a memorable drive along South Rim Road.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Central City.
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Central City — 1 night

The City of Central, commonly known as Central City, is the Home Rule Municipality in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gilpin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): go deep underground at Hidee Gold Mine, then stop by Reliving The Past Studio, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Central City vacation planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Central City in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, Central City is much colder than Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park - with highs of 50°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.
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United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
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.
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