9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 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
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Denver

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planning tool .

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in July since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Mosca
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Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado National Monument. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, do a tasting at Plum Creek Winery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

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Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Palisade with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, expect Palisade to be somewhat warmer, temps between 93°F and 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Downtown Grand Junction, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards

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 14th (Sun), steep yourself in history at New Sheridan Hotel, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at San Miguel County Courthouse, then trek along Bridal Veil hike, and then head outdoors with Telluride Outside.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Telluride trip builder site .

You can drive from Palisade to Telluride in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Palisade in July; daily highs in Telluride reach 74°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Yankee Girl Mine
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Bridal Veil hike ©
Bridal Veil hike
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside

2
nights
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 16th (Tue): stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday maker .

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 in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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