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:  4​h 30​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Palisade
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at High Dune Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday builder app .

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Denver in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 48°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

3
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Get in touch with nature at Colorado National Monument and Rocky Mountains. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction and do a tasting at Talon Winery.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Palisade road trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Palisade. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, with highs in Palisade at 93°F and lows at 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Colorado
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©

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. On the 15th (Mon), steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, tee off at Telluride Ski & Golf Club, and then stroll around Town Park. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Telluride driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Palisade to Telluride in 3 hours. Traveling from Palisade in July, things will get a bit cooler in Telluride: highs are around 74°F and lows about 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trips

Yankee Girl Mine, Spas
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Telluride Ski & Golf Club ©
Telluride Ski & Golf Club
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Spas

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.
On the 17th (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Long House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Telluride in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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