21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Williams
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Rome

2
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.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planning site .

Rome, Italy to Denver is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Rome to Denver. In August, Denver is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Trail Ridge Road and Holzwarth Historic Site. Get a sense of the local culture at Chapel on the Rock and Eagle Plume Trading Post. Go for a jaunt from Rocky Mountain National Park to Red Feather Lakes to see Deadman Lookout about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, identify plant and animal life at Many Parks Curve Overlook, stroll through Hallett Peak, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Deadman Lookout
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Moraine Park Museum ©
Moraine Park Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, then take in a show at Aspen Music Festival and School, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Ute Cemetery. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 29°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Ashcroft Ghost Town ©
Ashcroft Ghost Town
Ute Cemetery ©
Ute Cemetery

1
night
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): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park journey planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Mesa Verde National Park in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in August: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 35°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

2
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll around Sandstone Tours, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): get great views at Muley Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Mexican Hat
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point

4
nights
Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some historical perspective at Wupatki National Monument and Montezuma Castle National Monument. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Walnut Canyon National Monument and Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Change things up with these side-trips from Sedona: Meteor Crater (in Winslow) and Painted Desert (in Petrified Forest National Park). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the sky in a new way at Sedona Star Gazing, take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and take a memorable drive along Oak Creek Canyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sedona driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Sedona in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 22°C in Sedona. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Williams.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Meteor Crater Natural Landmark
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Wupatki National Monument ©
Wupatki National Monument

2
nights
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
You've now added Antelope Canyon to your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bright Angel Point and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Get some historical perspective at Bearizona Wildlife Park and Grand Canyon South Rim. Get out of town with these interesting Williams side-trips: Grand Canyon National Park (Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, & more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Bedrock City.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Williams tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Sedona to Williams by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sedona in August; daily highs in Williams reach 30°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kingman.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park, Antelope Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Strip and The LINQ Promenade. Counts Kustoms and Pinball Hall of Fame will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Shelby American Inc, identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, make a trip to Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah, and ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online visit planner .

You can drive from Williams to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Williams in August, with highs in Las Vegas at 45°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The LINQ Promenade ©
The LINQ Promenade
Counts Kustoms ©
Counts Kustoms

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