42 days in United States Itinerary

42 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Payson
— 3 nights
2
Pinetop-Lakeside
— 4 nights
3
Durango
— 2 nights
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
5
Grand Junction
— 4 nights
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
7
Vail
— 3 nights
8
Denver
— 3 nights
9
Estes Park
— 3 nights
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
11
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
12
Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
13
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
14
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
15
Glacier National Park
— 3 nights

3
nights
Payson

Payson
Payson is a town in northern Gila County, Arizona, United States. You've now added Horton Creek Trail to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), hike along Horton Creek Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Payson trip itinerary planner.

Phoenix to Payson is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Phoenix in June, expect Payson to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. You will leave for Pinetop-Lakeside on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Payson

Trails Outdoors Parks

4
nights
Pinetop-Lakeside

Pinetop-Lakeside ©
Pinetop–Lakeside is a small town in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area and Thompson Trail (Forest Service Trail 629). Visiting Country Club Trail and Mogollon Rim Interpretive Trail will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: stroll around Woodland Lake Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pinetop-Lakeside trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Payson to Pinetop-Lakeside in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Payson in July: high temperatures in Pinetop-Lakeside hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Pinetop-Lakeside

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Country Club Trail ©
Country Club Trail
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area ©
Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Woodland Lake Park ©
Woodland Lake Park

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: hike along Potato Lake Trail and then hike along Animas Mountain Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Durango road trip site.

Traveling by car from Pinetop-Lakeside to Durango takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail and then trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ouray holiday planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

4
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Downtown Grand Junction and Tabeguache Trail.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Junction road trip app.

You can drive from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in July, expect Grand Junction to be somewhat warmer, temps between °F and °F. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

3
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.
Visiting Rio Grande Trail and Difficult Creek Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Grottos Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in July, with highs in Aspen at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Difficult Creek Trail ©
Difficult Creek Trail
Grottos Trail ©
Grottos Trail

3
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Take a break from the city and head to Booth Falls Trail and Missouri Lake Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Minturn Mile.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Vail journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. You will leave for Denver on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Vail

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Missouri Lake Trail ©
Missouri Lake Trail

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour and Denver Mountain Parks. Step out of Denver with an excursion to Sulphur Gulch Trail in Parker--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Great Divide Brewery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Vail to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Vail in July: highs in Denver hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Trails

Side Trip

Sulphur Gulch Trail
Highlights from your plan
Great Divide Brewery ©
Great Divide Brewery
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour
Denver Mountain Parks ©
Denver Mountain Parks

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Kruger Rock and sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park online trip builder.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Breweries & Distilleries Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Elkins Distilling Co. ©
Elkins Distilling Co.

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Many Parks Curve Overlook and North Inlet Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Fern Falls. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tundra Communities Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, hike along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, and explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool.

Rocky Mountain National Park is just a stone's throw from Estes Park. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, thensample the tasty concoctions at New Belgium Brewing Company, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Poudre Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Jessup Farm Artisan Village and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Jessup Farm Barrel House.

You can plan Fort Collins trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
New Belgium Brewing Company ©
New Belgium Brewing Company
Poudre Trail ©
Poudre Trail
Jessup Farm Artisan Village ©
Jessup Farm Artisan Village

2
nights
Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole ©
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
On the 31st (Fri), hit the slopes at Four Seasons Resort, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Teton Raptor Center, and then head outdoors with Bridger Gondola. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Safari at Spring Creek Ranch - Private Trips, get outside with Solitude Excursions, thenlook for gifts at Lee's Tees, and finally don't miss a visit to Jackson Hole Shootout.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jackson Hole online road trip planner.

Fly from Fort Collins to Jackson Hole in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Collins in July: high temperatures in Jackson Hole hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Teton Raptor Center ©
Teton Raptor Center
Lee's Tees ©
Lee's Tees

2
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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Snake River, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier View Turnout, take some stellar pictures from Snake River Overlook, thentrek along Hermitage Point, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Group, and finally explore the striking landscape of Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Leigh Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart, thenhike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail, and finally cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Teton National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Jackson Hole to Grand Teton National Park takes an hour. In August in Grand Teton National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Glacier View Turnout ©
Glacier View Turnout
Cathedral Group ©
Cathedral Group

2
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of Castle Geyser, witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Faithful, take a peaceful walk through Petrified Tree, look for all kinds of wild species at Lehardy's Rapids, thenwitness a stunning natural landmark at Beryl Spring, and finally take in the natural beauty of Lone Star Geyser. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Sheepeater Cliffs, explore the striking landscape at Golden Gate Canyon, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lake Butte Overlook, thenhike along Observation Point Trail, and finally stroll through Purple Mountain Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in August, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glacier National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Castle Geyser ©
Castle Geyser
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful
Purple Mountain Trail
Purple Mountain Trail

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nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Iceberg Lake, hike along Iceberg Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along McDonald Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cruise along Going-to-the-Sun Road, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Baring Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Virginia Falls.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Glacier National Park trip website.

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Glacier National Park in 8.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Glacier National Park: highs are around °F and lows about °F. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Iceberg Lake Trail ©
Iceberg Lake Trail
Virginia Falls ©
Virginia Falls
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road

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