19 days in United States Itinerary

19 days in United States Itinerary

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19 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  11​h
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Scottsbluff
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Cheyenne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Avon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Aurora
— 3 nights
End: Aurora

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Scottsbluff

Scottsbluff ©
Scottsbluff is a city in Scotts Bluff County, in the western part of the state of Nebraska, in the Great Plains region of the United States. Plan my Scottsbluff trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Minneapolis to Scottsbluff is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to Scottsbluff, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Minneapolis in September: highs in Scottsbluff hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Scottsbluff

Museums

Side Trip

Legacy of the Plains Museum
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Legacy of the Plains Museum ©
Legacy of the Plains Museum

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Lakeview Cemetery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cheyenne online journey planner .

Drive from Scottsbluff to Cheyenne in 2 hours. Traveling from Scottsbluff in September, you will find days in Cheyenne are a bit cooler (75°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Thu) before leaving for Estes Park.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Nelson Museum of the West ©
Nelson Museum of the West

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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.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park visit planner.

Getting from Greeley to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours ©
Rocky Mountain Conservancy Tours
Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum

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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. On the 28th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Cross Orchards Historic Site, then explore and take pictures at Scenic Byway of Highway 128, and then appreciate the views at Castle Valley.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Junction trip builder tool .

You can fly from Estes Park to Grand Junction in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fruita, Meadery of the Rockies, Castle Valley, Scenic Byway of Highway 128
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Canyon View Park ©
Canyon View Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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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 1st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally make a trip to Far View Sites. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Point Lookout Trail and then stroll through Knife Edge Trail.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing app .

Drive from Grand Junction to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Grand Junction in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ouray County Museum and Perimeter Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Cascade Falls Park and Uncompahgre Gorge. Change things up with a short trip to Black Bear Pass in Telluride (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ouray online travel planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Black Bear Pass
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park vacation builder app .

Getting from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 38°F. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Avon.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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Avon

Avon ©
The Town of Avon is a Home Rule Municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Walking Mountains Science Center and then test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, and then stroll through Booth Falls Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Avon trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Avon takes 4 hours. Traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Avon, with lows of 31°F. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Aurora.

Things to do in Avon

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Vail, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
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Walking Mountains Science Center ©
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

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Aurora

Aurora ©
Aurora is a Home Rule Municipality in the U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Cherry Creek State Park and Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cherokee Ranch and Castle and Aurora History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aurora: Castle Rock (Gateway Mesa Open Space Park, Spruce Mountain Open Space and Trail, & more) and Sulphur Gulch Trail (in Parker). Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Waterton Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Plains Conservation Center, appreciate the history behind The Colorado Freedom Memorial, and stroll around Great Plains Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aurora driving holiday website .

Getting from Avon to Aurora by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Avon in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Aurora, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aurora

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Castle Rock, Waterton Canyon, Sulphur Gulch Trail, Cherokee Ranch and Castle
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Cherokee Ranch and Castle ©
Cherokee Ranch and Castle
Aurora History Museum ©
Aurora History Museum

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