8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Denver day trip website .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Beer Tastings & Tours

1
night
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path, stop by Fuzzywigs Candy Shop, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Vail planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Denver in August, plan for much colder days in Vail, with highs around 62°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

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Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 31st (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then make a trip to Independence Pass.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vail in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Aspen

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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then stroll through Mosca Pass Trail.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aspen to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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.
On the 3rd (Tue), walk around Garden of the Gods, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip builder app .

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colorado Springs, with lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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