25 days in United States Itinerary

25 days in United States Itinerary

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Fly to Denver, Bus to Grand Lake, CO, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Sedona
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Farmington
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Shuttle
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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South Fork
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Central City
— 1 night
Drive

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Rocky Mountain National Park — 3 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake of Glass, Longs Peak, Sheep Lakes, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip tool.

Jacksonville to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also fly; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Rocky Mountain National Park when traveling from Jacksonville in August, with lows around 56°F. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim, North Rim Visitor Center, Navajo Bridge, and other attractions you added. On the 24th (Tue), get great views at Navajo Point, contemplate the long history of Navajo Bridge, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bright Angel Point, take a memorable drive along Cape Royal, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally get answers to all your questions at Grand Canyon Visitor Center South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): get great views at Lipan Point, get great views at Grandview Point, then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, and finally take in breathtaking views at North Rim Visitor Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Rocky Mountain National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sedona.
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Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sedona trip planning site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. In August, Sedona is a bit warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 89°F and lows of 66°F. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to Monument Valley.
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Monument Valley — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Here are some ideas for day two: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sedona to Monument Valley takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Sedona in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Monument Valley. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Farmington.
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Farmington — 3 nights

Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Farmington: Aztec Ruins National Monument (in Aztec), Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness (in Bloomfield) and Chaco Culture National Historical Park (in Nageezi). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Salmon Ruins and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Three Rivers Brewery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Farmington trip planning site.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Farmington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Farmington can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Farmington to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Farmington in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.
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Durango — 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Pagosa Springs.
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Pagosa Springs — 3 nights

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Pagosa Springs is known for nature, spas, and winter sports. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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Take a shuttle from Durango to Pagosa Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Durango in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to South Fork.
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South Fork — 1 night

South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): look for gifts at Haefelis Honey.

To find out how to plan a trip to South Fork, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to South Fork by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in South Fork to be little chillier, around 36°F, while days are colder, around 50°F. On the 8th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve — 2 nights

Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): get answers to all your questions at Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and then see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center. On the next day, explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip app.

Traveling by car from South Fork to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from South Fork in September, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are warmer (76°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park — 1 night

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.
You've now added Black Canyon Visitor Center to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then get answers to all your questions at Black Canyon Visitor Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall, and finally explore and take pictures at South Rim Road.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Central City.
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Central City — 1 night

The City of Central, commonly known as Central City, is the Home Rule Municipality in Gilpin and Clear Creek counties that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gilpin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Hidee Gold Mine, stop by Reliving The Past Studio, and then try to win big at Dostal Alley Brewpub & Casino.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Central City sightseeing planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Central City by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, you will find days in Central City are much colder (46°F), and nights are slightly colder (33°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car back home.
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United States travel guide

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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