16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary builder

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Denver
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Denver is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Denver. Traveling from Frankfurt in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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 5th (Wed): examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online attractions planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and then cruise along Independence Pass. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ute Cemetery and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aspen online tour builder.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, things will get little chillier in Aspen: highs are around 19°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mormon Row Historic District and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. Museum-lovers will get to explore Murie Centre and National Bighorn Sheep Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Dubois (Dubois Museum: Wind River Historical Center & Giant Jackalope Exxon Country Store). Spend the 9th (Sun) surrounded by wildlife at Grand Teton. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Transfiguration, explore the striking landscape at Glacier View Turnout, cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, and contemplate the waterfront views at Jackson Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Aspen to Grand Teton National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 5 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Popular historic sites such as Fort Yellowstone Historic District and S Rim Trail are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, look for all kinds of wild species at Lamar Valley, get to know the fascinating history of Beaver Ponds Loop Trail, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Grand Teton National Park in May: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around 13°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.