12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
2
Denver
— 3 nights
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
4
Buena Vista
— 1 night
5
Telluride
— 2 nights
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
Rocky Mountain National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, get great views at Milner Pass, and hike along North Inlet Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Estes Park (Horseback Riding Tours & Off-Road Tours). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Denver road trip website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 20th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, thenstroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planning tool.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): see Off-Road Tours, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Buena Vista route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect Buena Vista to be a bit cooler, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get outside with Telluride Outside, look for gifts at Telluride Truffle, thencontemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River, and finally head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, thenhead outdoors with Via Ferrata, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Jud Wiebe Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Telluride day trip site.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Buena Vista to Telluride in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in September, expect nights in Telluride to be about the same, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yankee Girl Mine
Highlights from your plan
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
San Juan Outdoor Adventures ©
San Juan Outdoor Adventures

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Telluride in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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