9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Santa Fe

— 3 nights

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Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Popular historic sites such as San Miguel Chapel and Loretto Chapel are in your itinerary. Visiting Valles Caldera National Preserve and Dale Ball Trails will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo), Los Alamos (Bradbury Science Museum & Los Alamos History Museum) and Jemez Mountains (in Jemez Springs). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Santa Fe National Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, explore the world behind art at New Mexico Museum of Art, and take in the exciting artwork at Keshi.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Santa Fe online journey planner.

Show Low to Santa Fe is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Fe can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, things will get little chillier in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 63°F and lows about 35°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Durango

— 2 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.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Aztec Ruins National Monument, see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and finally hike along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Tours · Museums · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 18th (Tue): make a trip to Park Point, then stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mesa Verde National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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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.