11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 2 nights
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
4
Durango
— 1 night
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights

2
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. Kick 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 ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver tour itinerary builder tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Denver. September in Denver sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. You will leave for Rocky Mountain National Park on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Denver

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Gray Line Tours ©
Gray Line Tours
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

2
nights
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 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, and finally trek along Tundra Communities Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and then stroll through Lily Lake Trailhead.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
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, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, thentake a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Step House ©
Step House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango day trip website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September in Durango, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °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

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
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
On the 12th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Durango to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Durango in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
Highlights from your plan
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.
You've now added Garden of the Gods to your itinerary. On the 13th (Fri), walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of °F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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