9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
train + bus + Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Los Alamos

Los Alamos ©
Los Alamos is a town in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, United States that is recognized as the birthplace of the first atomic bomb––the primary objective of the Manhattan Project by Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Anderson Scenic Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Fuller Lodge Art Center, take an in-depth tour of Los Alamos History Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and finally take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Alamos trip planner .

Washington DC to Los Alamos is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get slightly colder in Los Alamos: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Los Alamos

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jemez Springs, Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery Tasting Room
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Los Alamos History Museum ©
Los Alamos History Museum
Valles Caldera National Preserve ©
Valles Caldera National Preserve

2
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Crestone Artisans Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail. On the next day, admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Los Alamos to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Los Alamos in May, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosca, Crestone Artisans Gallery
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. On your second day here, stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in the exciting artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens, and then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, and then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Denver itinerary site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
National Ballpark Museum ©
National Ballpark Museum

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