19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rockland
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
3
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Homer
— 1 day
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
5
Seward
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  12​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
8
Lexington
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  8​h 45​min
9
Gettysburg
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Southwest Harbor ©
Southwest Harbor is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. On the 13th (Tue), trek along Heart of Acadia Loop and then look for gifts at Quiet Side Cafe & Ice Cream Shop. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beech Mountain Trail, then hike along Beech Cliff Loop, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ship Harbor Nature Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Southwest Harbor travel planning tool .

Denver to Southwest Harbor is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Denver to Southwest Harbor. When traveling from Denver in November, plan for slightly colder days in Southwest Harbor, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Rockland.

Things to do in Southwest Harbor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Somesville Historical Museum and Gardens, Ship Harbor Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Heart of Acadia Loop ©
Heart of Acadia Loop
Day Mountain ©
Day Mountain
Wendell Gilley Museum ©
Wendell Gilley Museum

2
nights
Rockland

Rockland ©
Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Owl's Head State Park, then do a tasting at Breakwater Vineyards, and then admire the majestic nature at Birch Point Beach State Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), look for gifts at Fiore Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars, see the interesting displays at Fawcetts Art/Antiques Toy Museum, then pick up some local products at Beth's Farm Market, and finally learn about winemaking at Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rockland online route planner .

Getting from Southwest Harbor to Rockland by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rockland can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Rockland

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Owls Head, Beth's Farm Market, Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery, Fawcetts Art/Antiques Toy Museum, Owl's Head State Park
Highlights from your plan
Owl's Head State Park ©
Owl's Head State Park
Fawcetts Art/Antiques Toy Museum ©
Fawcetts Art/Antiques Toy Museum

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Island Artists Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Sitka Lutheran Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Baranof Castle State Historical Site. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, meet the residents at Fortress of the Bear, and then take an in-depth tour of Sitka Centennial Visitors Center.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Rockland to Sitka by flight takes about 13.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rockland to Sitka is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Rockland in November, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sitka, with lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center

1
day
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, take an in-depth tour of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, tour the pleasant surroundings at Homer Spit, then see the interesting displays at Pratt Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Bunnell Street Arts Center.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Homer driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sitka to Homer takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sitka in November; daily highs in Homer reach 39°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Museums Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies
Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center ©
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum

2
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Kenai Fjords National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Resurrection Bay, explore the striking landscape at Exit Glacier, and then explore the activities along Seward Boat Harbor.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Seward driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Seward

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Exit Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Resurrection Bay ©
Resurrection Bay
Exit Glacier ©
Exit Glacier
Seward Boat Harbor ©
Seward Boat Harbor

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Seward to Mesa Verde National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seward to Mesa Verde National Park is 2 hours. Traveling from Seward in November, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be little chillier, around 24°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

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

3
nights
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. Escape the urban bustle at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Piedra River Trail. Do your shopping at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs journey planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in November: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

2
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Maker's Mark. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Natural Bridge State Resort Park (in Slade) and Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lexington tour planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Lexington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Lexington: highs are around 56°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frankfort, Room Escape Games, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Maker's Mark, Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Highlights from your plan
Mary Todd Lincoln House ©
Mary Todd Lincoln House
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Natural Bridge State Resort Park ©
Natural Bridge State Resort Park

1
night
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
On the 30th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Shriver House Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Gettysburg Museum of History, stroll the grounds of Gettysburg National Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Gettysburg Diorama, and finally steep yourself in history at Jennie Wade House. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum, then steep yourself in history at Eisenhower National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Little Round Top, and finally take in the history at Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gettysburg trip planner .

You can drive from Lexington to Gettysburg in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Gettysburg are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shriver House Museum ©
Shriver House Museum
Little Round Top ©
Little Round Top
Eisenhower National Historic Site ©
Eisenhower National Historic Site

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