21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Atlanta

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.
On the 30th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, cruise along Ruins Road, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Atlanta to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be much colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 47°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

5
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vail (Vail Mountain Resort & Betty Ford Alpine Gardens), Buena Vista (River Rafting & Tubing & Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook) and Independence Pass (in Aspen). On the 6th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Breckenridge Ski Resort. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Main Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Breckenridge online trip builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Mesa Verde National Park to Breckenridge in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 64°F by day to 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Vail, Independence Pass
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

4
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Family-friendly places like Carousel of Happiness and Horseback Riding Tours will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Rocky Mountain National Park (Forest Canyon Overlook, Trail Ridge Road, & more). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in July, plan for warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Horseback Riding Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

4
nights
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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Museum of Nature & Science make great kid-friendly stops. Take a break from Denver with a short trip to Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, stroll through Washington Park, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

5
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Battlefield Colorado make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, and hike along Pikes Peak.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
River Rafting & Tubing

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