8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, cruise along Ruins Road, explore the ancient world of Long House, then make a trip to Four Corners Monument, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning site .

Denver to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Telluride.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to New Sheridan Hotel, get outside with Telluride Outside, take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alpine Chapel, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Telluride online road trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Idarado Mine
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

1
day
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks.

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Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ouray are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, then do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery, then steep yourself in history at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, and finally contemplate the long history of Cross Orchards Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Palisade visit planner.

Getting from Ouray to Palisade by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in July; daily highs in Palisade reach 93°F and lows reach 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fruita, Grand Junction
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Crestone Artisans Gallery and then admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Palisade to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Palisade in July, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 83°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mosca, Crestone Artisans Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

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