18 days in United States Itinerary

18 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Denver
— Few hours
2
Estes Park
— 4 nights
3
Grand Lake
— Few hours
4
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
5
Dinosaur
— 2 nights
6
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
7
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
8
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
9
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
10
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
11
Albuquerque
— 1 night

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Denver

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.
To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip website.

Columbia to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Columbia in September; daily highs in Denver reach °C and lows reach °C. You'll set off for Estes Park on the 9th (Wed).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trail Ridge Road, Yellow Wood Guiding and WildSide 4x4 Tours. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
WildSide 4x4 Tours ©
WildSide 4x4 Tours
Yellow Wood Guiding ©
Yellow Wood Guiding

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Byers Canyon has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): stroll through Byers Canyon.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Grand Lake trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Estes Park to Grand Lake by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Grand Lake, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Byers Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Byers Canyon ©
Byers Canyon

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night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Grand Lake to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Grand Lake, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Dinosaur.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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Dinosaur

Dinosaur
Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Harper's Corner and Jones Hole Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dinosaur travel planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Dinosaur takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dinosaur, with lows of °C. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Outdoors Parks Trails

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nights
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Downtown Grand Junction. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then make a trip to Canyon View Park.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction visit planning app.

Getting from Dinosaur to Grand Junction by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then explore and take pictures at South Rim Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of North Rim.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2 hours. In September in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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

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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 20th (Sun), hike along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes High Dune Trail. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

Plan my day in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier at night with lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mark Schumann Photo Tours. On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Miguel Chapel. Keep things going the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with Mark Schumann Photo Tours and then get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Santa Fe. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Santa Fe. You'll set off for Albuquerque on the 25th (Fri).

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road
Mark Schumann Photo Tours ©
Mark Schumann Photo Tours
San Miguel Chapel ©
San Miguel Chapel

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night
Albuquerque

Albuquerque
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 photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque online travel route builder.

Drive from Santa Fe to Albuquerque in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of °C. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Museums

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