16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  9 h
1
Chadron
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Scottsbluff
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Cheyenne
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Granby
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
9
Telluride
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 45 min
11
Gunnison
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Del Norte
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
13
Aurora
— 2 nights
End: Aurora

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Chadron

Chadron
Chadron is a city in Dawes County, in the state of Nebraska in the Great Plains region of the United States. For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chadron road trip planning app.

Minneapolis to Chadron is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder evenings in Chadron when traveling from Minneapolis in September, with lows around 48°F. You'll set off for Scottsbluff on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Chadron

Nature Parks Museums

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hours
Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff ©
Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. On the 25th (Wed), take in the pleasant sights at Monument Valley Pathway and then get engrossed in the history at Legacy of the Plains Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Scottsbluff road trip app.

Drive from Chadron to Scottsbluff in 2 hours. September in Scottsbluff sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F at night. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Scottsbluff

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Legacy of the Plains Museum
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Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. On the 25th (Wed), explore the different monuments and memorials at Lakeview Cemetery.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cheyenne trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Scottsbluff to Cheyenne takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Scottsbluff in September: highs in Cheyenne hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 48°F. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Estes Park.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Nelson Museum of the West ©
Nelson Museum of the West

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours has been added to your itinerary. On the 26th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Cheyenne to Estes Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. When traveling from Cheyenne in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Granby.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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Granby

Granby ©
Granby is a statutory town which is the most populous municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): trek along Monarch Lake Loop Trail, then stroll through East Inlet Trail, then stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at St Mary's Alice. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway and then hike along High Country Trails.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Granby travel route planning website.

You can drive from Estes Park to Granby in 2 hours. Expect colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in September: highs in Granby hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Granby

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Never Summer Mountain Products, East Inlet Trail, Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway, St Mary's Alice
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Lake Loop Trail ©
Monarch Lake Loop Trail
High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails
Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway ©
Colorado River Headwaters Scenic Byway

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): hike along West Maroon Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Castle Creek Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Rio Grande Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Granby to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Granby in September, you will find days in Aspen are much hotter (72°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (41°F). On the 1st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
West Maroon Trail ©
West Maroon Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

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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. To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction driving holiday app.

You can drive from Aspen to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in October; daily highs in Grand Junction reach 67°F and lows reach 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Scenic Drive Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Castle Valley, Scenic Byway of Highway 128
Highlights from your plan
Cross Orchards Historic Site ©
Cross Orchards Historic Site

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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.
On the 3rd (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunnison Point and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tomichi Point.

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Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in October, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Telluride.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Tomichi Point ©
Tomichi Point

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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at San Miguel County Courthouse.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Telluride driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride takes 2 hours. While traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
Highlights from your plan
San Miguel County Courthouse ©
San Miguel County Courthouse

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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.
On the 4th (Fri), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then make a trip to Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

Getting from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Telluride in October: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see a world frozen in time at Tincup, then hike along Upper Loop, and then see a world frozen in time at Gothic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Dillon Pinnacles, then trek along Hermit's Rest, and then hike along Curecanti Creek.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gunnison trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Gunnison takes 5 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, things will get little chillier in Gunnison: highs are around 60°F and lows about 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Del Norte.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Upper Loop
Highlights from your plan
Tincup ©
Tincup

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Del Norte

Del Norte ©
The Town of Del Norte is the Statutory Town that is the county seat of Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Mon), stop by Haefelis Honey, then see a world frozen in time at Summitville Ghost Town, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Three Barrel Brewing Co.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Del Norte day trip app.

Drive from Gunnison to Del Norte in 2 hours. While traveling from Gunnison, expect cooler days and about the same nights in Del Norte, ranging from highs of 40°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Aurora.

Things to do in Del Norte

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Three Barrel Brewing Co ©
Three Barrel Brewing Co
Haefelis Honey ©
Haefelis Honey

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Aurora

Aurora ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park, walk around Great Plains Park, and then tee off at Aurora Hills Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Aurora History Museum, stop by Town Center at Aurora, look for all kinds of wild species at Plains Conservation Center, then appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Launch Pad Brewery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Aurora driving holiday planning site.

Drive from Del Norte to Aurora in 4 hours. Traveling from Del Norte in October, expect nights in Aurora to be a bit warmer, around 40°F, while days are warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aurora

Parks Golf Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Aurora History Museum ©
Aurora History Museum
Plains Conservation Center ©
Plains Conservation Center

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