29 days in United States Itinerary

29 days in United States Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Canyonlands National Park
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanarraville
— 1 night
Drive
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
11
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
12
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 3 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Maroon Bells and Thermal Spas. The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, stroll through Hanging Lake Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online travel planner.

Minneapolis to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Glenwood Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in August, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 64°F and lows at 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Grand Junction

— 2 nights
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, then don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction journey app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Grand Junction: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Bring the kids along to Arches National Park and Off-Road Tours. Make the 8th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and stroll through Bike Fiend.

Plan a Moab trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Moab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. August in Moab sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, stroll through Devils Garden Trailhead, take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, and hike along Windows.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. You will leave for Canyonlands National Park on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then hike along Pothole Point Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 3 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Capitol Reef National Park . And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gifford Homestead, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Hickman Bridge Trail, hike along Grand Wash Trail, and make a trip to Fremont Petroglyphs.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park road trip website.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in August; daily highs in Capitol Reef National Park reach 77°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, get great views at Sunrise Point, trek along Queen's Garden Trail, and explore the striking landscape at Wall Street.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kids will enjoy The Narrows and David J West Gallery. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and take in the exciting artwork at Worthington Gallery.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park online day trip planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Zion National Park at 90°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kanarraville.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Kanarraville

— 1 night
Kanarraville is a town in Iron County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kanarraville Slot Canyon and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kanarra Creek.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kanarraville trip tool.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Kanarraville takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Kanarraville

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip

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 23rd (Mon): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

You can drive from Kanarraville to Mesa Verde National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Trail Ridge Road and Alluvial Fan. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Bear Lake, cruise along Old Fall River Road, hike along Cub Lake Trail, and delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Rocky Mountain National Park. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 89°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
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.