9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Boulder
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  1​h
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Newark

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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.
To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park online road trip planner .

Newark to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 60°F in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature
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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 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then hike along Manitou Springs Incline.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs vacation site .

Drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

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Manitou Springs
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planning site .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. July in Denver sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Scenic Drive Museums

Side Trip

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
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Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
On the 13th (Fri), grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path and then explore the striking landscape at Flatirons.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Denver to Boulder in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

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Trails Parks Outdoors
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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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.
On the 14th (Sat), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Sun), stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, then trot along with Winding River Resort Stables, and then stroll through High Country Trails.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grand Lake online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Grand Lake takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect Grand Lake to be cooler, temps between 53°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

High Country Trails
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High Country Trails ©
High Country Trails
Never Summer Mountain Products ©
Never Summer Mountain Products

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 16th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Doc Holliday's Grave, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Grand Lake to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Lake in July, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 68°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Horseback Riding Tours
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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