16 days in Western US Itinerary

16 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Western US route builder

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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
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Durango
— 1 night
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Telluride
— 1 night
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Salida
— 1 night
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Buena Vista
— 1 day
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Boulder
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Santa Fe
— 2 nights
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Albuquerque
— 1 night
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Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Albuquerque holiday planning website.

Washington to Albuquerque is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Albuquerque is minus 2 hours. July in Albuquerque sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 14th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Albuquerque in July since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Durango

— 1 night
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Durango trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Telluride route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Durango to Telluride takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Salida.

Things to do in Telluride

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Salida

— 1 night
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Plan a trip to Salida easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of bus and car from Telluride to Salida in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Telluride in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Salida, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Buena Vista.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Buena Vista

— 1 day
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the exciting artwork at Sundance and Friends, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Buena Vista route builder app.

Buena Vista is very close to Salida. Traveling from Salida in July, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Buena Vista. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Boulder

— 2 nights

Berkeley of the Rockies

Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Boulder trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Boulder takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Boulder reach 87°F and lows reach 60°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Trails · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Chasm Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park route app.

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Santa Fe

— 2 nights

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Santa Fe is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and stop by Canyon Road.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santa Fe trip planner.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Santa Fe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Albuquerque

— 1 night

Duke City

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

Getting from Santa Fe to Albuquerque by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albuquerque when traveling from Santa Fe in July, with lows around 67°F. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Tue).

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors