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Durango — 2 nights

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 26th (Wed): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get engrossed in the history at Animas Museum, and then hike along Animas River Trail. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and then view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip site.

Scottsdale to Durango is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Scottsdale in October, expect Durango to be colder, temps between 65°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Golden.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

Golden — 3 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
Change things up with these side-trips from Golden: Georgetown (Guanella Pass & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour), Argo Mill and Tunnel (in Idaho Springs) and Evergreen Lake (in Evergreen). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Mines Museum of Earth Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, admire the majestic nature at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Golden day trip site.

You can fly from Durango to Golden in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and tram. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Golden when traveling from Durango in October, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Denver.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Denver — 1 night

Mile-High City

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 31st (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Denver day trip site.

Denver is very close to Golden. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Albuquerque.
Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Albuquerque — 1 night

Duke City

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, get curious at Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Albuquerque Old Town. On the next day, soar above the sights with a balloon tour and then explore the striking landscape at Petroglyph National Monument.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Albuquerque trip site.

You can fly from Denver to Albuquerque in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Albuquerque, with lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.