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 more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Amarillo road trip site.

Dallas to Amarillo is an approximately 3- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dallas in August; daily highs in Amarillo reach 89°F and lows reach 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks Museums Nature
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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. On the 4th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs online route planner.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Amarillo to Pagosa Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Amarillo to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amarillo in August: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 77°F and lows are around 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Trails
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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.
To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to 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.
For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for 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. On the 6th (Mon), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Silverton Historic Downtown.

To plan Silverton vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Durango to Silverton takes 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. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Silverton to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Silverton in August; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
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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. To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Grand Junction online trip planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Grand Junction by car takes about 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 61°F. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Aspen.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Museums Childrens 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.
On the 7th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aspen route planner.

Getting from Grand Junction to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Grand Junction in August, with highs in Aspen at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Wildlife Parks

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.
For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Breckenridge takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 56°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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): walk around Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip website.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to 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 go from sight to sight with Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City trip planning site.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Canon City by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you will find days in Canon City are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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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 ©
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Canon City to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Canon City in August, expect Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Taos.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Outdoors Nature
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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 see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos journey builder app.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Taos with the Route module. August in Taos sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to 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. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bernalillo using our trip planner.

Drive from Taos to Bernalillo in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Taos in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Bernalillo: highs are around 86°F and lows about 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Bernalillo

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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