16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  9​h
1
Chadron
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Scottsbluff
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Cheyenne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Granby
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
9
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Gunnison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Del Norte
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
13
Aurora
— 2 nights
End: Aurora

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Chadron

Chadron
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Chadron tour itinerary planning tool .

Minneapolis to Chadron is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Minneapolis to Chadron, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in September, Chadron is a bit cooler at night with lows of 48°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Scottsbluff.

Things to do in Chadron

Parks Nature Historic Sites

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Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff ©
Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Monument Valley Pathway and then take an in-depth tour of Legacy of the Plains Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Scottsbluff trip maker website .

You can drive from Chadron to Scottsbluff in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Scottsbluff

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Legacy of the Plains Museum
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Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Lakeview Cemetery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cheyenne online journey planner .

Drive from Scottsbluff to Cheyenne in 2 hours. Traveling from Scottsbluff in September, you will find days in Cheyenne are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Estes Park.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Nelson Museum of the West ©
Nelson Museum of the West

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park visit planner.

Getting from Greeley to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Granby

Granby ©
Granby is a statutory town which is the most populous municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hike along Monarch Lake Loop Trail, trek along East Inlet Trail, then look for gifts at Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally grab your bike and head to St. Mary's Glacier Loop. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway and then hike along High Country Trails.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Granby trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Granby in 2 hours. When traveling from Estes Park in September, plan for much colder days in Granby, with highs around 46°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Granby

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, Never Summer Mountain Products, St. Mary's Glacier Loop, East Inlet Trail
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Lake Loop Trail ©
Monarch Lake Loop Trail
High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails

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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.
On the 30th (Mon), stroll through West Maroon Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then stroll through Castle Creek Road. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel site .

Traveling by car from Granby to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Granby in September, expect nights in Aspen to be somewhat warmer, around 41°F, while days are warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
West Maroon Trail ©
West Maroon Trail

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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. On the 28th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cross Orchards Historic Site, then explore and take pictures at Scenic Byway of Highway 128, and then appreciate the views at Castle Valley.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip builder tool .

You can fly from Estes Park to Grand Junction in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Scenic Drive Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Castle Valley, Scenic Byway of Highway 128
Highlights from your plan
Cross Orchards Historic Site ©
Cross Orchards Historic Site

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Gunnison Point and then take in the awesome beauty at Tomichi Point.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip app .

Getting from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point

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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): ponder the world of politics at San Miguel County Courthouse.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Telluride trip maker website .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride in 2 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in October, expect nights in Telluride to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park planner .

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 5th (Sat), see a world frozen in time at Tincup, then trek along Upper Loop, and then see a world frozen in time at Gothic. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Dillon Pinnacles, then trek along Hermit's Rest, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Curecanti Creek.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gunnison trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Gunnison takes 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: high temperatures in Gunnison hover around 60°F and lows are around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Del Norte.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Upper Loop
Highlights from your plan
Tincup ©
Tincup

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Del Norte

Del Norte ©
The Town of Del Norte is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Haefelis Honey, then see a world frozen in time at Summitville Ghost Town, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Barrel Brewing Co.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Del Norte trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Gunnison to Del Norte takes 2 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Gunnison in October: highs in Del Norte hover around 40°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Aurora.

Things to do in Del Norte

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
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Three Barrel Brewing Co ©
Three Barrel Brewing Co
Haefelis Honey ©
Haefelis Honey

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Aurora

Aurora ©
Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park, walk around Great Plains Park, and then tee off at Aurora Hills Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Aurora History Museum, look for gifts at Town Center at Aurora, identify plant and animal life at Plains Conservation Center, then appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Launch Pad Brewery.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aurora online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Del Norte to Aurora in 4 hours. Traveling from Del Norte in October, expect nights in Aurora to be somewhat warmer, around 40°F, while days are much warmer, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aurora

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Aurora History Museum ©
Aurora History Museum
Plains Conservation Center ©
Plains Conservation Center

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