16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  8​h 30​min
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Florissant
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
7
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
11
South Fork
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h
End: Kansas City

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Rock Canyon Open Space, The Broadmoor Seven Falls and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. On the 17th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): take a memorable ride with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs itinerary maker site .

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kansas City in May, with highs in Colorado Springs at 68°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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Florissant

Florissant ©
Florissant is a census-designated place and a U.S. To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Florissant travel route builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Florissant in an hour. When traveling from Colorado Springs in May, plan for much colder days in Florissant, with highs around 47°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

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Parks Nature
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in May since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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 Yucca House National Monument as well as Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. On the 22nd (Fri), get all the information you need at Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then explore the ancient world of Yucca House National Monument.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument and then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Cortez vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Cortez by car takes about an hour. In May in Cortez, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Cortez to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Montrose

Montrose ©
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 26th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Montrose attractions planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Montrose in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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Grand Junction

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colorado National Monument. Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction trip app .

Drive from Montrose to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rifle.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Nature
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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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.
Hanging Lake has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip planning website .

Glenwood Springs is just a short distance from Rifle. Traveling from Rifle in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 33°F, while days are much colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Frisco to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Frisco in May, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, around 43°F, while days are much hotter, around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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South Fork

South Fork ©
South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, then steep yourself in history at Last Chance Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Creede Historic Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the South Fork travel itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Estes Park to South Fork. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect nights in South Fork to be a bit cooler, around 41°F, while days are much colder, around 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in South Fork

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Creede, Treasure Falls
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Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

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