9 days in Denver, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Buena Vista Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Buena Vista Itinerary

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Denver
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Buena Vista
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Denver

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.
On the 31st (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Denver tour builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve: Mission: Wolf (in Gardner) and Fort Garland (Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, White Mountain Trading Post, &more).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In August, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is slightly colder than Denver - with highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Mission: Wolf ©
Mission: Wolf
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center ©
Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center

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Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Off-Road Tours. Explore Buena Vista's surroundings by going to Independence Pass (in Aspen) and Mount Elbert (in Leadville). There's much more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, stroll around Buena Vista River Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Cottonwood Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Buena Vista road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Buena Vista. August in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours

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