46 days in United States Itinerary

46 days in United States Itinerary

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46 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  11​h
1
Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Camden
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  14​h 45​min
3
Sitka
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
4
Juneau
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Homer
— 1 night
bus + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Seward
— 5 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  12​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 15​min
9
Lexington
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + foot + train + bus:  8​h 45​min
10
Gettysburg
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  10​h
11
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Denver

5
nights
Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island

Southwest Harbor ©
Southwest Harbor is a town in Hancock County, Maine, United States. You'll get in some beach time at Little Hunters Beach and Echo Lake Beach. Get some cultural insight at Ship Harbor Nature Trail and Wendell Gilley Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Southwest Harbor trip builder site .

Denver to Southwest Harbor is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Southwest Harbor, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Denver in November: highs in Southwest Harbor hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Camden.

Things to do in Southwest Harbor

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Acadia National Park, Ship Harbor Nature Trail, Asticou Terraces / Thuya Garden, Indian Point Blagden Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Little Hunters Beach ©
Little Hunters Beach
Echo Lake Beach ©
Echo Lake Beach
Heart of Acadia Loop ©
Heart of Acadia Loop

5
nights
Camden

Camden ©
Camden is a town in Knox County, Maine, United States. Get some cultural insight at Farnsworth Art Museum and Nervous Nellie's Jams and Jellies. Step off the beaten path and head to Cellardoor Winery and Boothbay Region Land Trust. Change things up with these side-trips from Camden: Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum (in Port Clyde) and Boothbay Railway Village (in Boothbay). And it doesn't end there: visit a coastal fixture at Maine Lighthouse Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Megunticook Lake, examine the collection at Sail Power and Steam Museum, and do a tasting at Sweetgrass Winery and Distillery.

Plan trip to Camden with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Southwest Harbor to Camden in 2 hours. In November in Camden, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Sitka.

Things to do in Camden

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rockland, Breakwater Vineyards, Cellardoor Winery, Belfast Harborwalk, Boothbay Region Land Trust
Highlights from your plan
Cellardoor Winery ©
Cellardoor Winery
Boothbay Region Land Trust ©
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum ©
Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum

1
night
Sitka

Sitka ©
The City and Borough of Sitka, formerly Novo-Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park, identify plant and animal life at Alaska Raptor Center, then shop like a local with Island Artists Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sitka Lutheran Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Baranof Castle State Historical Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Fortress of the Bear, and then get engrossed in the history at Sitka Centennial Visitors Center.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sitka trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Camden to Sitka takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Alaska Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sitka when traveling from Camden in November, with lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Juneau.

Things to do in Sitka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Alaska Raptor Center ©
Alaska Raptor Center
Baranof Castle State Historical Site ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Juneau

Juneau ©
Juneau is an unusual state capital in many respects.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zipline and Eaglecrest Ski Area. Fairweather Gallery and Gifts and Juneau Arts & Humanities will appeal to museum buffs. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Nugget Falls, take a peaceful walk through Treadwell Historic Mine Trail, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and admire the majestic nature at Point Bridget State Park.

Before you visit Juneau, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Sitka to Juneau by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sitka in December: high temperatures in Juneau hover around 34°F and lows are around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Homer.

Things to do in Juneau

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nugget Falls ©
Nugget Falls
DIPAC's Macaulay Salmon Hatchery ©
Eaglecrest Ski Area ©
Eaglecrest Ski Area

1
night
Homer

Homer ©
Homer is a city located in Kenai Peninsula Borough in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, admire all the interesting features of Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, then stroll through Homer Spit, then examine the collection at Pratt Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Bishop's Beach Park, admire the majestic nature at Anchor River State Recreation Area, and then view the masterpieces at Ptarmigan Arts.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Homer trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Juneau to Homer takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Seward.

Things to do in Homer

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Anchor River State Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies ©
Pratt Museum ©
Pratt Museum
Ptarmigan Arts ©
Ptarmigan Arts

5
nights
Seward

Seward ©
For most visitors to this part of the world, the wild part of Alaska starts at Seward, a small port city that takes advantage of the region's natural beauty.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chugach Heritage Center and Resurrection Lutheran Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Resurrection Bay and River Rafting & Tubing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Seward: Exit Glacier (in Kenai Fjords National Park), Vagt Lake Trail (in Moose Pass) and Portage Glacier (in Girdwood). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Kenai Fjords National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Seward Boat Harbor, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Russian River Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Seward trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Homer to Seward takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Seward, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Seward

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cooper Landing, Exit Glacier, Vagt Lake Trail, Portage Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Seward Boat Harbor ©
Seward Boat Harbor
River Rafting & Tubing
Russian River Falls ©
Russian River Falls

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Spruce Tree House and Balcony House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cliff Palace and Far View Sites. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, make a trip to Park Point, stroll through Knife Edge Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Seward to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seward to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seward in December, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be slightly colder, around 15°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and San Juan National Forest. There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, trek along Piedra River Trail, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in December, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 14°F, while days are little chillier, around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lexington.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

San Juan National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

4
nights
Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Step off the beaten path and head to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Mary Todd Lincoln House. Step out of the city life by going to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill and Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides. Change things up with these side-trips from Lexington: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles), Buffalo Trace Distillery (in Frankfort) and Maker's Mark (in Loretto). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Natural Bridge State Resort Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, relax in the rural setting at Old Friends at Dream Chase Farm, and tee off at Eagle's Nest Country Club.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lexington online holiday planner .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Lexington in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, with highs in Lexington at 48°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gettysburg.

Things to do in Lexington

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Woodford Reserve Distillery, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Eagle's Nest Country Club, Maker's Mark
Highlights from your plan
Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides ©
Kentucky Rock & Adventure Guides
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill ©
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park ©

4
nights
Gettysburg

Gettysburg ©
Located near the memorial park marking the site of one of the largest Civil War battles, the town of Gettysburg sits in a landscape of rolling green hills with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
You'll explore and learn at National Watch and Clock Museum and Ephrata Cloister. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Appalachian National Scenic Trail and Brown's Orchards and Farm Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gettysburg: Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience (in Frederick), Bloomery Plantation Distillery (in Charles Town) and Roadside America (in Shartlesville). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Gettysburg Heritage Center, pause for some photo ops at Lincoln Statue at Wills House, do a tasting at Adams County Winery, and admire the majestic nature at Catoctin Mountain Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gettysburg vacation maker site .

Traveling by car from Lexington to Gettysburg takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or take a bus. December in Gettysburg sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gettysburg

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry, Clue IQ: An Escape Room Experience, Ephrata Cloister, Adams County Winery, National Watch and Clock Museum
Highlights from your plan
Roadside America ©
Roadside America
Catoctin Mountain Park ©
Catoctin Mountain Park
Appalachian National Scenic Trail ©
Appalachian National Scenic Trail

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, stroll through Steamboat Gondola, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Name Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by F.M. Light & Sons, then stroll through Howelsen Hill Ski Area, and then enjoy some diversion at Howelsen Ice Complex.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Gettysburg to Steamboat Springs takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Gettysburg to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Gettysburg in January, expect Steamboat Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 27°F and 7°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Howelsen Ice Complex ©
Howelsen Ice Complex
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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