19 days in Western US Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Ely
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Teec Nos Pos
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
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Chama
— 2 nights
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Abiquiu
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Los Alamos
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Albuquerque
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Salt Lake City — 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City holiday maker site.

Charlotte to Salt Lake City is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In July in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ely.
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Ely — 2 nights

Ely is the largest city and county seat of White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): try to win big at Jailhouse Casino, then get engrossed in the history at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Cave Lake State Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ely trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salt Lake City to Ely takes 4 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, things will get little chillier in Ely: highs are around 89°F and lows about 51°F. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 1 night

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online day trip planner.

You can drive from Ely to Grand Canyon National Park in 8 hours. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Ely in July, plan for slightly colder days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Teec Nos Pos.
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Teec Nos Pos — 1 night

On the 12th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Teec Nos Pos Trading Post and then pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument.

To find reviews and tourist information, use the Teec Nos Pos trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Teec Nos Pos takes 5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Teec Nos Pos: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Long House, then don't miss a visit to Step House, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Teec Nos Pos to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Durango.
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Durango — 3 nights

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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Aztec Ruins National Monument (in Aztec). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Colorado Trail, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip planning app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.
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Ouray — 2 nights

Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 2 nights

The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 21st (Fri), explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes an hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in July; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 89°F and lows reach 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Chama.
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Chama — 2 nights

Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Mountainview Mall, then admire the majestic nature at Heron Lake State Park, and then stop by Tierra Wools. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Carson National Forest and then step into the grandiose world of Cano's Castle.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Chama trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Chama with the Route module. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Chama: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Abiquiu.
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Abiquiu

Abiquiú is a small census-designated place located in Rio Arriba County, in northern New Mexico in the southwestern United States, about 53 miles (85 km) north of Santa Fe. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Abiquiu Lake and then explore the world behind art at Ghost Ranch.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Abiquiu sightseeing planner.

Getting from Chama to Abiquiu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chama in July, Abiquiu is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Los Alamos.
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Los Alamos

Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. On the 24th (Mon), walk around Ashley Pond Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Alamos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Abiquiu to Los Alamos takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Los Alamos can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Albuquerque.
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Albuquerque — 1 night

Duke City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then get to know the fascinating history of Albuquerque Old Town.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Albuquerque trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Los Alamos to Albuquerque takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Los Alamos in July, expect Albuquerque to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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