15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
1
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Colorado Springs

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Escape the urban bustle at Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail and North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Old Colorado City Historic District and St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cherry Creek State Park (in Aurora), Fountain Creek Nature Center (in Fountain) and Divide (Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center & Horsethief Falls). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Rocks Group Campground, and explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colorado Springs. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in April, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Divide, Monument Rock Trail, Cherry Creek State Park, Fountain Creek Nature Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, then take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive and then hike along Tunnel Drive.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Canon City trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Canon City sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canon City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Canon City in April; daily highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve reach 60°F and lows reach 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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 2nd (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, then admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road, and then explore and take pictures at East Portal Road.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip 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 May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes San Juan Mountains. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at San Juan Mountains, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Prater Ridge Trail, then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Canon City to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Canon City in April, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan Mountains
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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