34 days in United States Itinerary

34 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States vacation planner

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Fly to Montrose, Drive to Canyonlands National Park
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Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 6 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 15 nights
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Canyonlands National Park

— 3 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Get in touch with nature at Mesa Arch and Sand Dune Arch. Change things up with these side-trips from Canyonlands National Park: Arches National Park (Devils Garden Trailhead, Pine Tree Arch, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, trek along Pothole Point Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

Before you visit Canyonlands National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Boston to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Boston to Canyonlands National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect nights in Canyonlands National Park to be about the same, around 67°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 97°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Monument Valley travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in August, expect Monument Valley to be slightly colder, temps between 87°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): experience rural life at Suncrest Orchard Alpacas, get curious at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, and then stroll through Kokopelli's Trail. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Blue Pig Gallery, then make a trip to Clark Family Orchards, then relax in the rural setting at Sage Creations Organic Farm, and finally hike along Crag Crest Trail.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Palisade trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Palisade takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Palisade are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
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 7th (Sat): test the waters at a local thermal spa, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Palisade to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Palisade in August, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Parks · Trails

Steamboat Springs

— 2 nights

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 9th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then stroll through Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 6 nights
Get outdoors at High Dune Trail and Mosca Pass Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to San Luis (Mother Mary's Garden & Stations of the Cross Shrine), Mission: Wolf (in Gardner) and Fort Garland (Los Caminos Antiguos & Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center).

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Steamboat Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, daytime highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. You'll set off for Denver on the 17th (Tue).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Denver

— 15 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Family-friendly places like Mount Evans and Mount Evans Scenic Byway will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Emerald Lake Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Idaho Springs (Argo Mill and Tunnel, Phoenix Gold Mine, &more), Hidee Gold Mine (in Central City) and The Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park (in Broomfield). And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and visit Estes Park Guided Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Denver online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver takes 4 hours. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, Denver is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

United States travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · History Museums
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.