9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Dallas
Drive:  6 h
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Amarillo
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Silverton
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
6
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
11
Colorado Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
13
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
14
Taos
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
15
Bernalillo
— 1 night
Drive:  10 h
End: Dallas

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Amarillo

Amarillo
Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Amarillo attractions planner.

Dallas to Amarillo is an approximately 3- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Dallas in August, with highs in Amarillo at 89°F and lows at 65°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks Museums Nightlife
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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Treasure Falls, The Springs Resort & Spa and San Juan River Walk. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Amarillo to Pagosa Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amarillo in August, things will get slightly colder in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 77°F and lows about 49°F. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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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.
For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Durango

Durango
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Durango road trip site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August in Durango, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Silverton.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Silverton

Silverton
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Silverton Historic Downtown to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): browse for treasures at Silverton Historic Downtown.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Silverton road trip tool.

Getting from Durango to Silverton by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Silverton, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Silverton

Shopping
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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 6th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Silverton to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is a bit warmer than Silverton - with highs of 85°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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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. You can plan Grand Junction trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Junction in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Tue) before leaving for Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Childrens Museums Museums
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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Grand Junction to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, Aspen is a bit cooler than Grand Junction - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

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Breckenridge

Breckenridge
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, around 56°F, while days are warmer, around 89°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stroll around Garden of the Gods.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Thu) before leaving for Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Raft Masters as well as Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. On the 9th (Thu), relax and float downstream with Raft Masters and then catch a ride on Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip maker website.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Canon City in an hour. When traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Canon City, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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Raft Masters ©
Raft Masters
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve visit website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Canon City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve at 80°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Taos.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Outdoors Parks Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Blumenschein Home & Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos online day trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Taos. In August, daytime highs in Taos are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Bernalillo.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Historic Sites
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Blumenschein Home & Museum ©
Blumenschein Home & Museum

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Bernalillo

Bernalillo
Bernalillo is a town in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Bernalillo day trip app.

Drive from Taos to Bernalillo in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Taos in August; daily highs in Bernalillo reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Bernalillo

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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