16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Kansas City
Drive:  8 h 30 min
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Florissant
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
7
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
11
South Fork
— 3 nights
Drive:  11 h
End: Kansas City

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Red Rock Canyon Open Space, The Broadmoor Seven Falls and Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. On the 17th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route site.

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kansas City in May; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 68°F and lows reach 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Florissant.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
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National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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Florissant

Florissant ©
Florissant is a census-designated place and a U.S. To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Florissant trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Florissant takes an hour. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in May: highs in Florissant hover around 47°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Florissant

Nature Parks
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument ©
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 21st (Thu), trek along High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Florissant to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. When traveling from Florissant in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with highs around 67°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yucca House National Monument as well as Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): get answers to all your questions at Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then steep yourself in history at Balcony House. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then delve into the distant past at Yucca House National Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Cortez

Cortez ©
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.
On the 24th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument and then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cortez road trip tool.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Cortez in an hour. In May in Cortez, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online visit planner.

Drive from Cortez to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Ute Indian Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Montrose online travel planner.

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Montrose in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Montrose are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction attractions website.

Getting from Montrose to Grand Junction by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 27th (Wed), you'll travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

Plan trip to Glenwood Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Grand Junction in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas
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Thermal Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (70°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (43°F). On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to South Fork.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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South Fork

South Fork ©
South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, then steep yourself in history at Last Chance Mine, and finally stroll through Bachelor Loop. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Creede Historic Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our South Fork vacation planning site.

Explore your travel options from Rocky Mountain National Park to South Fork with the Route module. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, plan for cooler days in South Fork, with highs around 40°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 27°F. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in South Fork

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Creede, Treasure Falls
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Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

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