8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Gunnison
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Flagstaff
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Roswell
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Denver

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in March, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
On the 25th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch, look for all kinds of wild species at Double Arch, hike along Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Denver in March: highs in Arches National Park hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Arches National Park

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Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

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Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Curecanti National Recreation Area.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gunnison trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Gunnison in 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in March; daily highs in Gunnison reach 44°F and lows reach 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Nature
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Curecanti National Recreation Area ©
Curecanti National Recreation Area

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online tour planner .

You can drive from Gunnison to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Gunnison in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around 59°F and lows about 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, then enjoy some music at Hopi House, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally hike along Tonto Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In March, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Flagstaff.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Tonto Trail ©
Tonto Trail

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Flagstaff

Flagstaff ©
Sitting at an elevation of 2,135 m (7,000 ft) and just a short trip from the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, the city of Flagstaff attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): look and learn at Lowell Observatory, admire all the interesting features of Walnut Canyon National Monument, then contemplate the long history of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, and finally admire nature's extreme beauty at Painted Desert.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Flagstaff travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Flagstaff in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Flagstaff can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Flagstaff

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Painted Desert
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Walnut Canyon National Monument ©
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park ©

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): get curious at Roswell Space Center, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Historic District, stop by Alien Zone Area 51, then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center, and finally do a tasting at Pecos Flavors Winery.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Roswell trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Flagstaff to Roswell by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Flagstaff in March; daily highs in Roswell reach 73°F and lows reach 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Roswell Space Center ©
Roswell Space Center

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Hall of The White Giant, take in the dramatic natural features at Lion's Tail, and then Head underground at Big Room.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Roswell to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks Nature
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Big Room ©
Big Room
Lion's Tail ©
Lion's Tail

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