16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Phoenix
— 4 nights

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Denver

Denver ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Clyfford Still Museum and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, take a stroll through Historic Olde Town Arvada, sample the fine beverages at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Healing Waters Mind and Body Float Studio.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denver day trip planning website.

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Detroit in December, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (43°F), and nights are little chillier (19°F). You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
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Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum ©
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum ©
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art ©
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Glen Eyrie Castle and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Take a break from the city and head to Helen Hunt Falls and Mueller State Park. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain State Park, and look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online trip builder.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 18°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Albuquerque.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park

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Albuquerque

Albuquerque ©

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.
Gruet Winery and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Stables at Tamaya and Red Door Brewing Company.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Albuquerque trip planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Albuquerque in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Colorado Springs in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 28°F. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Phoenix.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Outdoors · Trails · Wineries · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Gruet Winery ©
Gruet Winery
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center ©
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Red Door Brewing Company ©
Red Door Brewing Company

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Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Sharlot Hall Museum and Arizona Capitol Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Whiskey Row and Dobbins Lookout. Step out of Phoenix to go to Prescott and see Prescott Brewing Company, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pueblo Grande Museum, view the masterpieces at Wells Fargo Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Phoenix day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Albuquerque to Phoenix takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Albuquerque in December, with highs in Phoenix at 68°F and lows at 46°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Sharlot Hall Museum ©
Sharlot Hall Museum
Whiskey Row ©
Whiskey Row
Wells Fargo Museum ©
Wells Fargo Museum

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