17 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

17 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

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17 days in San Francisco, Las Vegas & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Las Vegas
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
San Francisco is known for nature, museums, nightlife, shopping, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and admire all the interesting features of AT&T Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco road trip app .

Manchester, UK to San Francisco is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and subway; or do a combination of train, flight, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Manchester to San Francisco. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in August, with highs in San Francisco at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in San Francisco

Tours Parks Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

4
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: make a trip to Bellagio Fountains, try your luck at Casino at the Venetian, take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck, and have fun at Las Vegas Shooting Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas vacation planner .

Fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect nights in Las Vegas to be a bit warmer, around 29°C, while days are much warmer, around 45°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
Highlights from your plan
Bellagio Fountains ©
Bellagio Fountains
The Strip ©
The Strip

1
day
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.
On the 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mesa Verde National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in August, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip builder app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Canon City road trip tool .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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 18th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Buena Vista River Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista tour planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Buena Vista at 29°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista River Park ©
Buena Vista River Park

3
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.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then take a memorable drive along Independence Pass.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planning app .

Getting from Buena Vista to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Aspen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

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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