19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
flight:  1​h 30​min
8
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 1 night
End: Denver

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): browse the collection at Denver Public Library.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit app .

In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sat) before leaving for Montrose.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping
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Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax ©
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax
Denver Public Library ©
Denver Public Library

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montrose trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Denver to Montrose by car takes about 5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moab.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums
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Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moab online holiday planner .

You can drive from Montrose to Moab in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Moab are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Delicate Arch
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner .

You can drive from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in September, plan for little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Explore Denver further: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, explore and take pictures at Coors Field, get a taste of the local shopping with 16th Street Mall, and look for gifts at Dardano's Shoes.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver holiday site .

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September since evenings lows in Denver dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park route planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
When in Yellowstone National Park, make a side trip to see Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, admire all the interesting features of Lamar Valley, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Teton
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton

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Denver

Denver ©
On the 9th (Tue), stroll through Chautauqua Park and then take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Denver in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, with highs in Denver at 22°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado Chautauqua: Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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