11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Denver

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nights
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.
Gray Line Tours has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a short side trip with Gray Line Tours and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver online tour itinerary maker .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 52°F. You'll set off for Rocky Mountain National Park on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Denver

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Gray Line Tours ©
Gray Line Tours
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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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 6th (Fri): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, and finally hike along Tundra Communities Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and then hike along Lily Lake Trailhead.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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.
On the next day, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and finally make a trip to Park Point.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Denver in September, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 45°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Step House ©
Step House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. September in Durango sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Durango

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Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Durango to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Durango in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak as well as Garden of the Gods. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pikes Peak.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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