16 days in Glacier National Park, Denver Area & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

16 days in Glacier National Park, Denver Area & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Taxi:  9 h 45 min
1
Glacier National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Charlotte

6
nights
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park ©
The glaciers from which Glacier National Park takes its name mostly dissipated eons ago, but they left behind a scoured landscape of high and steep mountain peaks, sparkling lakes, lush alpine meadows, and thick forests.
Glacier National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore and take pictures at Going-to-the-Sun Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Iceberg Lake Trail, trek along Highline Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Grinnell Glacier.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Glacier National Park road trip planning site.

Charlotte to Glacier National Park is an approximately 10- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Glacier National Park. When traveling from Charlotte in August, plan for little chillier days in Glacier National Park, with highs around 83°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Glacier National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Going-to-the-Sun Road ©
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park ©
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier

6
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.
Denver is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and examine the collection at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Glacier National Park to Denver in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Glacier National Park in August, Denver is a bit warmer at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden, Crown Hill Park
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

3
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then hike along Mosca Pass Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Mission: Wolf and then steep yourself in history at Los Caminos Antiguos.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve vacation maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in September since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 39°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Los Caminos Antiguos, Mission: Wolf
Highlights from your plan
Mission: Wolf ©
Mission: Wolf
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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