9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  3​h 45​min
Hot Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Eureka Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h
Boise
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Estes Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Des Moines
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Dallas

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Hot Springs

Hot Springs ©
Set deep in the Ouachita Mountains, the city of Hot Springs almost completely surrounds the national park of the same name.
On the 12th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at Buckstaff Bathhouse, look for gifts at Bathhouse Soapery, and then contemplate the long history of Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center).

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hot Springs trip itinerary website .

Dallas to Hot Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hot Springs, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Hot Springs

#Historic Sites, #Spas, #Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Buckstaff Bathhouse ©
Buckstaff Bathhouse
Bathhouse Soapery ©
Bathhouse Soapery
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center) ©
Fordyce Bathhouse (Vistor Center)

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Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Thorncrown Chapel, then identify plant and animal life at Blue Spring Heritage Center, then learn about winemaking at Railway Winery @ Trestle 71-7, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Eureka Springs route planner .

You can drive from Hot Springs to Eureka Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Hot Springs in September, expect nights in Eureka Springs to be about the same, around 62°F, while days are little chillier, around 82°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Boise.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Blue Spring Heritage Center ©
Blue Spring Heritage Center
Railway Winery @ Trestle 71-7 ©
Railway Winery @ Trestle 71-7

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Boise

Boise ©
From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Boise River Greenbelt, steep yourself in history at Old Idaho Penitentiary, then look for gifts at Boise Town Square, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Boise Escape.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Boise day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Eureka Springs to Boise takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Eureka Springs to Boise, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Eureka Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Boise, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Boise

#Trails, #Outdoors, #Parks
Highlights from your plan
Boise Escape ©
Boise Escape
Boise Town Square ©
Boise Town Square
Old Idaho Penitentiary ©
Old Idaho Penitentiary

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. On the next day, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Getting from Boise to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, buy something for everyone on your list at Southlands, and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall. On the next day, get a taste of the local shopping with Pearl Street Mall, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Boulder County Farmers Market, and then explore the striking landscape at Flatirons.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Southlands
Highlights from your plan
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Earthwood Artisans, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Estes Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Des Moines.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Spas, #Shopping, #Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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Des Moines

Des Moines ©
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. On the 20th (Thu), admire all the interesting features of Iowa State Fairgrounds, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and then hunt for treasures at Downtown Farmers Market.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Des Moines trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Des Moines in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Estes Park to Des Moines. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Des Moines, with lows of 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

#Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Farmers Market ©
Downtown Farmers Market
Iowa State Fairgrounds ©
Iowa State Fairgrounds

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