10 days in United States Itinerary

10 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Redstone
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Denver Museum of Nature & Science as well as Denver Art Museum. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, then do a tasting at Balistreri Vineyards, then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Denver visit planning website.

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Wineries
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Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Balistreri Vineyards ©
Balistreri Vineyards

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Moraine Park Museum and then delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In August in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Redstone.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Moraine Park Museum ©
Moraine Park Museum
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Redstone

Redstone ©
Redstone is a census-designated place in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs has been added to your itinerary.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Redstone day trip planning website.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Redstone by car takes about 5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Redstone hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 15th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Redstone

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Penny Hot Springs
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Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs ©
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Penny Hot Springs ©
Penny Hot Springs

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tomichi Point, explore the striking landscape at Gunnison Point, and then get great views at Warner Point.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park visit planner.

Getting from Redstone to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. When traveling from Redstone in August, plan for much warmer days in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, with highs around 85°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip app.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Mon), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 20th (Tue), trek along Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary builder site.

Explore your travel options from Pagosa Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. August in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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