8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Lubbock
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  8​h 15​min
3
Newport
— 1 night
+4
Bus + Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  10​h 15​min
4
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
— 1 day
+4
Fly + Bus + Tram + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Lubbock

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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 23rd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip itinerary planning tool .

Lubbock to Denver is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lubbock to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lubbock in September; daily highs in Denver reach 79°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Newport.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife
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North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
On the 25th (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Yaquina Head Lighthouse and then identify plant and animal life at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Hatfield Marine Science Center and then immerse yourself in nature at Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Newport driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Newport in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Colorado Springs to Newport due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in September: highs in Newport hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Friday Harbor.

Things to do in Newport

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatfield Marine Science Center ©
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area ©
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area ©

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Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor ©
The tiny town of Friday Harbor is the largest village on the San Juan Islands, and it fits within just 2.6 km (1 sq mi) of space.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at The Whale Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Friday Harbor tour builder app .

Do a combination of bus, train, and flight from Newport to Friday Harbor in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Friday Harbor are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Friday Harbor

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Lime Kiln Point State Park ©
Lime Kiln Point State Park
The Whale Museum ©
The Whale Museum

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Zion National Park and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The adventure continues: trek along Angel's Landing, cruise along Zion Shuttle, and explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Friday Harbor to Zion National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Friday Harbor to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Friday Harbor in September, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 84°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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