21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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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
— 2 nights
10
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
11
Albuquerque
— 2 nights

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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 see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary planning website.

Columbia to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbia to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Columbia in September, things will get little chillier in Denver: highs are around °F and lows about °F. You will leave 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. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip builder tool.

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

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. You've now added Byers Canyon to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Byers Canyon.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grand Lake trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Grand Lake takes 2 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect nights in Grand Lake to be little chillier, around °F, while days are much colder, around °F. 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

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Byers Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Byers Canyon ©
Byers Canyon

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Traveling from Grand Lake in September, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are much warmer, around °F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll travel to Dinosaur.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature
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. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): hike along Harper's Corner. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jones Hole Trail.

You can plan Dinosaur trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Dinosaur by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dinosaur, with lows of °F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Grand Junction.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Outdoors Trails Parks

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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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): stop by Downtown Grand Junction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument and then trek along Canyon View Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction journey tool.

Traveling by car from Dinosaur to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. In September in Grand Junction, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. 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.
On the 18th (Fri), cruise along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Adobe Badlands and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Rim.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Grand Junction to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Adobe Badlands
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel 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 Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along Little Medano Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): get all the information you need at Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

Plan a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center ©
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

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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.
Mark Schumann Photo Tours has been added to your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument and Canyon Trail. Canyon Road and San Miguel Chapel will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument and explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Santa Fe with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Albuquerque.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cochiti Pueblo
Highlights from your plan
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument ©
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, thenexplore the stunning scenery at Bandelier National Monument, and then identify plant and animal life at Ojito Wilderness. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Albuquerque trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Albuquerque takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Santa Fe in September, Albuquerque is a bit warmer at night with lows of °F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ojito Wilderness, Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument ©
Petroglyph National Monument
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

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