53 days in United States Itinerary

53 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Telluride
— 5 nights
Drive
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Durango
— 3 nights
Shuttle
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Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cañon City
— 1 night
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 6 nights
Shuttle to Silverthorne, CO, Taxi to Breckenridge
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Breckenridge
— 5 nights
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Buena Vista
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 5 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Drive to Burleson

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Telluride

— 5 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Step off the beaten path and head to Main Street and Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Explore Telluride's surroundings by going to Ouray (Horsethief Trail & Imogene Pass). The adventure continues: hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, stroll through Sneffels Highline Trail, look for gifts at Telluride Truffle, and explore the activities along San Miguel River.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip planner.

Burleson to Telluride is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Burleson in September: high temperatures in Telluride hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Durango

— 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Durango: Animas Forks (in Ouray), Long House (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez). Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, stop by Honeyville, and have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango trip tool.

Drive from Telluride to Durango in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. While traveling from Telluride, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the shuttle to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 4 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Treasure Falls and Piedra Falls. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Piedra River Trail, learn something new at The Choke Cherry Tree, hike along Fourmile Falls Trail, and take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

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Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Durango in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Explore hidden gems such as Rim Trail and Mather Point. On the 19th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mohave Point, pause for some photo ops at Powell Point, and trek along Hermit Trail.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Pagosa Springs to Grand Canyon National Park takes 8 hours. In September, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Las Vegas

— 5 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hoover Dam and Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign. Take a break from Las Vegas with a short trip to Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, take an in-depth tour of Titanic, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and have fun at Battlefield Vegas.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 93°F to lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Fly from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Las Vegas, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Cañon City

— 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 30th (Sat), learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Cañon City visit planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Cañon City takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Cañon City sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Cañon City

Tours · Adventure · Outdoors · Museums

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Forest Canyon Overlook and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Grand Lake Nordic Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Winding River Resort Stables.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Cañon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Cañon City in October, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 6 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fish Creek Falls and Strawberry Park Hot Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Steamboat Springs: Snowy Range Scenic Byway (in Centennial) and Grand Encampment Museum (in Encampment). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, head outdoors with Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along Rotary Park Boardwalk.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 59°F and lows are around 30°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Breckenridge

— 5 nights

Colorado's Kingdom

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Guanella Pass and Dillon Reservoir. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: South Park City Museum (in Fairplay), Vail (Booth Falls Trail & Vail Valley) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's much more to do: hike along McCullough Gulch, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, get answers to all your questions at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Breckenridge trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of shuttle and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in October: highs in Breckenridge hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Buena Vista

— 4 nights
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kebler Pass and River Rafting & Tubing. Venture out of the city with trips to Salida (The Bungled Jungle & Rocky Mountain Jeep Rentals) and Leadville (Leadville National Fish Hatchery & Hopemore Mine Tour). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook, relax in the rural setting at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Breckenridge to Buena Vista in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in October: highs in Buena Vista hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trips

Aspen

— 5 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maroon Bells and Linkins Lake Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Aspen side-trips: Glenwood Springs (Roaring Fork Valley & Hanging Lake Trail) and West Elk Loop Scenic Byway (in Carbondale). There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, see a world frozen in time at Ashcroft Ghost Town, stop by Snowmass Sports, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in October, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can fly to New York City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Explore hidden gems such as Food Tours and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill), Stonecrop Gardens (in Cold Spring) and Ponquogue Beach (in Hampton Bays). The adventure continues: go for a walk through Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, steep yourself in history at William Floyd Estate, and explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Aspen to New York City takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Aspen to New York City is 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in October: highs in New York City hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
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.