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:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Denver
— Few hours
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): browse the exhibits of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver route planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Denver International Airport and City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Expect slightly colder evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Denver in September, with lows around 4°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options 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 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
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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 Bells as well as Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 4th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 26°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
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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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Estes Park trip website .

Getting from Aspen to Estes Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Estes Park hover around 32°C and lows are around 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Cub Lake Trail ©
Cub Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): go for a walk through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday planner.

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toDenver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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Denver

Denver
To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Denver route planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 8th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Tours

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