8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h
1
Albuquerque
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Teec Nos Pos
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
8
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles


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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.
To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque travel route planning website .

Los Angeles to Albuquerque is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Los Angeles to Albuquerque, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Los Angeles in July: highs in Albuquerque hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 67°F. On the 21st (Sun), you'll travel to Teec Nos Pos.

Things to do in Albuquerque

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Teec Nos Pos

Teec Nos Pos ©
Teec Nos Pos is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States. You've now added Four Corners Monument to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Teec Nos Pos Trading Post and then pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Teec Nos Pos tour itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Albuquerque to Teec Nos Pos in 4 hours. Traveling from Albuquerque in July, Teec Nos Pos is slightly colder at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument
Teec Nos Pos Trading Post ©
Teec Nos Pos Trading Post

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner .

Drive from Teec Nos Pos to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planning website .

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 July, things will get little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: highs are around 83°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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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've now added Garden of the Gods to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): expand your understanding of the military at United States Air Force Academy, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, stroll around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally take a stroll through Old Colorado City. On your second day here, go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

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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.
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre has been added to your itinerary. On the 22nd (Mon), catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): hike along Presidential Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Keystone day trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, with highs in Keystone at 80°F and lows at 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail
Big Thunder Gold Mine ©
Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Denver

Denver ©
You've now added Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

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Traveling by flight from Keystone to Denver takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Keystone in July, with highs in Denver at 87°F and lows at 60°F. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Denver

Nightlife

Side Trip

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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