9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Lake
— 2 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport

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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 12th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online tour itinerary maker.

Boston to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

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The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Planning Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

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Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at High Dune Trail and then trek along Mosca Pass Trail.

To find ratings and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve journey website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Grand Junction

The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Grand Junction. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Grand Junction, with lows around 54°F. You will leave for Estes Park on the 17th (Thu).

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for gifts at Brownfield's.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Grand Junction to Estes Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Tours

Side Trip

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Sat), hike along East Inlet Trail, get outside with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, then find your balance on the water with Rocky Mountain SUP, then stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Lake road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect nights in Grand Lake to be little chillier, around 33°F, while days are cooler, around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.