23 days in New York City, Colorado & California Itinerary

23 days in New York City, Colorado & California Itinerary

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New York City
— 5 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly to Las Vegas, Bus to Death Valley National Park
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Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yosemite National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monterey
— 2 nights
Fly
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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New York City — 5 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Step out of the city life by going to Speed Boats Tours and Seaside Park Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Mantoloking Beach. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Lido Beach (in Lido Beach), Great Neck Steppingstone Park (in Great Neck) and Rockaway Beach (in Far Rockaway). The adventure continues: stroll through Jacob Riis Park, stop by Dumbo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Chapel, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our New York City tour itinerary builder site.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Kuwait City to New York City due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kuwait City, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in New York City, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Pikes Peak - America's Mountain and Climbing Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and stroll around Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip app.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Colorado Springs takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Death Valley National Park.
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Death Valley National Park — 1 night

Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 14th (Sun), get great views at Dante's View, take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, trek along Gower Gulch Loop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Badwater Basin, and finally cruise along Artists Dr.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Death Valley National Park trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Death Valley National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, things will get a bit warmer in Death Valley National Park: highs are around 43°C and lows about 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Yosemite National Park.
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Yosemite National Park — 5 nights

Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Get outdoors at Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Attractions like Yosemite Falls and Vernal Fall make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at North Dome, hike along Tuolumne Meadows, admire all the interesting features of Tioga Pass, and grab your bike and head to Yosemite Valley Biking.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park trip planning site.

Getting from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Death Valley National Park in August: highs in Yosemite National Park hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to San Francisco.
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San Francisco — 2 nights

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Ferry Building Marketplace, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge, and then take a peaceful walk through Muir Woods National Monument.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monterey.
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Monterey — 2 nights

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. On the 22nd (Mon), explore the activities along Monterey Bay and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Monterey trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from San Francisco to Monterey in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Durango.
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Durango — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then see Off-Road Tours. On the next day, make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Monterey to Durango by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monterey to Durango due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Monterey in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 32°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Estes Park.
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Estes Park — 1 night

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 26th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Durango to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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California travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Wineries & Vineyards · Theme Parks
The Golden State
The country's most populous state, California includes landscapes that range from the forested northern coast to harsh southern deserts. Sandwiched right in the middle of the state is a fertile valley, home to farms, vineyards, and orchards. California's cities offer diverse attractions, from amusement parks and upscale shops to award-winning restaurants and innovative art galleries. Outside the state's big urban centers, places to visit include some of the nation's most rugged national parks, ancient forests, towering mountain peaks, and ski resorts. More than just a surfing destination famous for its beaches and winding coastal roads, California also boasts one of the world's largest economies, bolstered by the booming tech industries.
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