15 days in United States Itinerary

15 days in United States Itinerary

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15 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Red Rock
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Carbondale
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

4
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. Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Estes Park Visitor Center (in Estes Park), Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum (in Golden) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Sheep Lakes, Trail Ridge Road, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, make a trip to 16th Street Mall, and explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip itinerary site .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Red Rock.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Idaho Springs, Estes Park, Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum
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Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Red Rock

Red Rock ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National, then admire all the interesting features of Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, and then trek along Hunter Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Red Rock trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Denver to Red Rock with the Route module. In July, Red Rock is a bit warmer than Denver - with highs of 102°F and lows of 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Red Rock

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Picacho
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Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch ©
Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then view the masterpieces at Crestone Artisans Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

Plan trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Red Rock to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. While traveling from Red Rock, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Mosca, Crestone Artisans Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

2
nights
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 28th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): get out on two wheels at Ophir Pass Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Valley Floor.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Telluride road trip website .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Telluride with the Route module. While traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Carbondale.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park

2
nights
Carbondale

Carbondale ©
The Town of Carbondale is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at True Nature Healing Arts and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To plan Carbondale vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Carbondale takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Telluride in July, expect nights in Carbondale to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Carbondale

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Rio Grande Trail
Highlights from your plan
True Nature Healing Arts ©
True Nature Healing Arts
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

3
nights
Aspen

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail will get you outdoors. There's more to do: get great views at Independence Pass and take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Carbondale to Aspen in an hour. Traveling from Carbondale in July, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing

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