16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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16 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Manitowoc
Drive:  23​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
North Platte
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kearney
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Omaha
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Manitowoc

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner .

Manitowoc to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Manitowoc in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Toh-Atin Gallery, see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
River Rafting & Tubing

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night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Tue), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs day trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Perimeter Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray tour website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, stop by Snowmass Sports, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen road trip website .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

1
night
North Platte

North Platte ©
North Platte is a city in and the county seat of Lincoln County, Nebraska, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, then immerse yourself in nature at Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, and then steep yourself in history at Union Pacific Railroad Bailey Yard. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Original Pony Express Station & Museum, tee off at Wild Horse Golf Club, then don't miss a visit to Fort McPherson National Cemetery, and finally take an in-depth tour of Fort Cody Trading Post.

To find out how to plan a trip to North Platte, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Aspen to North Platte takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Aspen in August, things will get a bit warmer in North Platte: highs are around 86°F and lows about 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kearney.

Things to do in North Platte

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gothenburg, Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area, Fort McPherson National Cemetery
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Kearney

Kearney ©
Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. On the 6th (Tue), stop by Stagecoach, get engrossed in the history at Pioneer Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Audubon Rowe Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Classic Car Collection, then explore the activities along Cottonmill Lake, and then do a tasting at Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kearney itinerary maker .

You can drive from North Platte to Kearney in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Kearney, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Omaha.

Things to do in Kearney

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mac's Creek Winery & Brewery, Pioneer Village, Audubon Rowe Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Pioneer Village ©
Pioneer Village
Classic Car Collection ©
Classic Car Collection
Mac's Creek Winery & Brewery ©
Mac's Creek Winery & Brewery

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nights
Omaha

Omaha
A major transportation hub, Omaha was once considered little more than a stopping point on a pioneer's journey west.
On the 8th (Thu), shop like a local with Old Market, view the masterpieces at Curbside Clothing, then identify plant and animal life at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, and finally enjoy some music at Henry Doorly Zoo. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Pioneer Park Nature Center.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Omaha day trip site .

You can drive from Kearney to Omaha in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Omaha

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, Nebraska Crossing Outlets, Pioneer Park Nature Center, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
St. Cecilia's Cathedral ©
St. Cecilia's Cathedral
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park ©
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

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