8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  3​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 1 night
End: Denver

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the engaging exhibits at Glenwood Railroad Museum, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan trip to Glenwood Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Denver to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Denver in August, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Spas Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 6th (Tue), cruise along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 3 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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 8th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango route planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Horseback Riding Tours

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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.
To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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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 11th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver tour planning tool .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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