8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 15​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Cooper Corner Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs tour planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, expect Glenwood Springs to be cooler, temps between 64°F and 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Tours Outdoors
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Thermal Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Durango

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.
On the 7th (Wed), explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, get interesting insight from Tours, and then browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip site .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Durango in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Durango hover around 82°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In August in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll through Mosca Pass Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Mesa Verde National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. In August, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is a bit cooler than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Parks Outdoors
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Old Colorado City Historic District ©

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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.
On the 11th (Sun), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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