18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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18 days in United States Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Jackson Hole
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Copper Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Aspen
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Taos Ski Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Albuquerque
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson Hole side-trips: Grand Teton (in Grand Teton National Park), Moose (Snake River Bridge & Glacier View Turnout) and Yellowstone National Park (Aurum Geyser, Solitary Geyser, & more). There's more to do: make a trip to Town Square.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Jackson Hole travel site .

San Francisco to Jackson Hole is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Jackson Hole, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Jackson Hole is colder than San Francisco - with highs of 24°F and lows of 4°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park
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Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Grand Prismatic Spring ©
Grand Prismatic Spring

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): have fun at The Crooked Key, stroll through Steamboat Powdercats, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and finally hit the slopes at Mount Werner.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Jackson Hole to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Steamboat Springs can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mount Evans and Summit Lake Park. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Colorado Springs to see Garden of the Gods about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, and admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Denver online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in February, expect Denver to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°F and 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Copper Mountain.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Summit Lake Park, The Colorado Freedom Memorial, Garden of the Gods
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park

2
nights
Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Copper Mountain day trip website .

You can drive from Denver to Copper Mountain in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in February: high temperatures in Copper Mountain hover around 26°F and lows are around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Copper Mountain

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail, Beaver Creek Ski Area, Blue River Sports
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Horseback Riding Tours
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen Highlands. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Aspen Mountain / Ajax, take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and trek along Difficult Creek Trail.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Aspen road trip planning website .

Getting from Copper Mountain to Aspen by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Copper Mountain in February, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 14°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taos Ski Valley.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

1
night
Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley ©
Taos Ski Valley is a village and alpine ski resort in Taos County, New Mexico, United States. On the 14th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Al's Run, and then hit the slopes at Taos Ski Valley Resort.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Taos Ski Valley trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Taos Ski Valley takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In February, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Taos Ski Valley

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area ©

2
nights
Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©
Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): engage your brain at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum of Albuquerque, don't miss a visit to New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society, and then take a stroll through Albuquerque Old Town. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Tramway Bike Path, then take in the dramatic natural features at Petroglyph National Monument, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Corrales Bosque.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque driving holiday planner.

Drive from Taos Ski Valley to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Taos Ski Valley in February, with highs in Albuquerque at 57°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Albuquerque Old Town ©
Albuquerque Old Town

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