11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

3
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Step out of the city life by going to High Dune Trail and Zapata Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Bishop Castle and Colorado Gators Reptile Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Crestone (Crestone Artisans Gallery & Elephant Cloud Market) and Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV (in Hooper).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in September, you will find days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are a bit cooler (76°F), and nights are colder (39°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Crestone, Mosca, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV, Bishop Castle
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Barney Ford Victorian House, partake in some friendly competition at Breckenridge Welcome Center, grab your bike and head to Wellington Trail, then trek along Spruce Creek Trail, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Peaks Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): head outdoors with Quandary Peak, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and then trek along McCullough Gulch.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge journey builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Breckenridge. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, plan for slightly colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

South Park City Museum
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Quandary Peak ©
Quandary Peak
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Barney Ford Victorian House ©
Barney Ford Victorian House

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo, then trek along Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Backbone Trail. On your second day here, explore the activities along Cache La Poudre River, examine the collection at Colorado Model Railroad Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

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Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Fort Collins takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in September, you will find days in Fort Collins are warmer (79°F), and nights are a bit warmer (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Loveland, Swetsville Zoo, Colorado Model Railroad Museum
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Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo
Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, admire the masterpieces at Clyfford Still Museum, then examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, and then glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Denver travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Fort Collins to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Denver, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

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