9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Nashville
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
6
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Nashville

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night
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 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, thencontemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in July, plan for little chillier nights in Denver, with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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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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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 13th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, walk around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online vacation planner.

You can drive from Denver to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
United States Air Force Academy ©
United States Air Force Academy

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at High Dune Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 15th (Wed), take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Estes Park in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Estes Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, don't miss a visit to Main Street, thenlet the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge road trip website.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck

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