9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary maker

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Los Alamos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly

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Los Alamos

— 2 nights
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. The town is located on four mesas of the Pajarito Plateau, and has a population of 12,019. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Anderson Scenic Overlook. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Fuller Lodge Art Center, then get engrossed in the history at Los Alamos History Museum, then stroll through Valles Caldera National Preserve, and finally take in the natural beauty of Jemez Hot Springs.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Los Alamos road trip website.

Washington DC to Los Alamos is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Los Alamos. Traveling from Washington DC in May, things will get little chillier in Los Alamos: highs are around 66°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Crestone Artisans Gallery, then stroll through Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then stroll through High Dune Trail. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve vacation maker website.

Explore your travel options from Los Alamos to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Los Alamos in May, expect little chillier with lows of 32°F in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
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): contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline and then stroll through Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at North Cheyenne Canon Park, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel app.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs with the Route module. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Denver

— 2 nights

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 30th (Thu), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then get a taste of the local shopping with Denver Botanic Gardens, and then admire the majestic nature at Cherry Creek State Park. On the next day, get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
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.