16 days in Colorado, New York State & Washington DC Itinerary

16 days in Colorado, New York State & Washington DC Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado, New York State & Washington DC Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
6
Buffalo
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Washington DC
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dubai


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day
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 22nd (Sun), take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Dubai to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be cooler, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Trails Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip builder site .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Olympic Training Center ©
Olympic Training Center

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 24th (Tue), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Canon City travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Buena Vista online tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Canon City in July: high temperatures in Buena Vista hover around 31°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Independence Pass.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aspen online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Buffalo.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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day
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
On the 28th (Sat), Head underground at Cave of the Winds, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ellicott Square Building.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Buffalo day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Buffalo takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Buffalo when traveling from Aspen in July, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Washington DC.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Niagara Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Ellicott Square Building ©
Ellicott Square Building

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nights
Washington DC

Washington DC ©
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
Washington DC is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at National Air and Space Museum, ponder the world of politics at White House, explore the activities along Tidal Basin, and learn more about the world around you at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Washington DC trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to Washington DC takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buffalo in July, with highs in Washington DC at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
National Air and Space Museum ©
National Air and Space Museum
Tidal Basin ©
Tidal Basin
National Zoological Park ©
National Zoological Park

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the New York City day trip planning site .

You can fly from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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