17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States holiday planner

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Denver
— 1 night
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Boulder
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Denver
— 1 day
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Golden
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Shuttle to St. George, UT-1275 East Red Hills Parkway, Shuttle to PAge, AZ- Rodeway Inn, Shuttle to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Teec Nos Pos
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 1 night
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Denver

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): ponder the world of politics at Colorado State Capitol and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver vacation builder.

Asheville to Denver is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Denver. Traveling from Asheville in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 52°F in Denver. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 25:

Boulder

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.
For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip site.

Boulder is very close to Denver. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 52°F. On the 25th (Sat), you'll travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Estes Park

— 1 day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Estes Park Guided Tours and then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find out how to plan a trip to Estes Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Denver

— 1 day

Mile-High City

On the 26th (Sun), meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, then get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Denver road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Golden.

Things to do in Denver

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 26:

Golden

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Golden online trip itinerary maker.

Golden is just a stone's throw from Denver. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. On the 26th (Sun), you'll travel to Denver.

Things to do in Golden

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Denver road trip planner.

Denver is very close to Golden. You'll set off for Glenwood Springs on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nightlife
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:

Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 27th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, examine the collection at Glenwood Railroad Museum, and then test the waters at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip builder.

Traveling by car from Denver to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (59°F), and nights are a bit cooler (42°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get great views at Green River Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, and then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail, trek along Shafer Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Shafer Canyon Overlook, and finally take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Canyonlands National Park hover around 84°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 30th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Pine Tree Arch, explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, and then explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. In September in Arches National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 1:

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Change things up with a short trip to Kodachrome Basin State Park in Cannonville (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park route planning app.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in October; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 61°F and lows reach 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. In October, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 74°F and lows of 36°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

Grand Canyon National Park

— 1 night
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip maker website.

You can take a shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 10 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in October, things will get little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 66°F and lows about 31°F. On the 6th (Wed), you'll travel to Teec Nos Pos.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

Teec Nos Pos

— 1 night
On the 6th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Teec Nos Pos Trading Post and then appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Shiprock Rock Formation.

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You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Teec Nos Pos in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Teec Nos Pos can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Teec Nos Pos

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Balcony House, contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Teec Nos Pos to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Denver

— 1 night

Mile-High City

On the 9th (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally stop by Chocolate Lab. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station and then shop like a local with The Source.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Denver day trip website.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

United States travel guide

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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.