12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Cortez
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Fly
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Jackson Hole
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Canyon North Rim, Fly to Medellin

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Cortez

— 1 night
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, and finally explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Cortez driving holiday planner.

Medellin, Colombia to Cortez is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Colombia Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Medellin in December, things will get colder in Cortez: highs are around 7°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Mesa Verde National Park takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
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Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Jackson Hole.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Jackson Hole

— 2 nights
The Jackson Hole valley is approximately 97 km (60 mi) long and 24 km (15 mi) wide, encompassing the town of Jackson, Teton Village, and the northern section of Grand Teton National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at National Museum of Wildlife Art, then make a trip to Town Square, and then take an exotic tour of Scenic Safaris.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson Hole online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Denver to Jackson Hole takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Jackson Hole is slightly colder than Denver - with highs of -3°C and lows of -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Jackson Hole

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Yellowstone National Park can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 23rd (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, contemplate the long history of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, get great views at Hopi Point, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park online route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yellowstone National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 9.5 hours. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in December, expect nights in Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit warmer, around -11°C, while days are much hotter, around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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.