9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  12​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: Springfield

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 7th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado.

To find out how to plan a trip to Colorado Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

Springfield to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

1
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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.
On the 8th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Denver visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

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River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Attractions like The Crooked Key and Howelsen Ice Complex make great kid-friendly stops. When in Steamboat Springs, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Kremmling, approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Denver in July; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 82°F and lows reach 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 13th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Steamboat Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. In July, daytime highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks

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Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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