9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Denver

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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.
To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Denver. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), you're off toGreat Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Denver in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 39°F. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Trails Outdoors

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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.
You've now added South Rim Road to your itinerary.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroon Lake Scenic Trail as well as Maroon Bells. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip maker .

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen by car takes about 3.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 72°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

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Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, and finally cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Cub Lake Trail and then have some family-friendly fun at Tiny Town Miniature Golf.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Estes Park at 81°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pike's Peak - America's Mountain as well as Garden of the Gods. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and then walk around Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel route site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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