11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Denver
— 1 day
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
3
Vail
— 2 nights
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Denver Zoo. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo and then explore the galleries of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver journey planner.

Dubuque to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 20th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area.

To plan Rocky Mountain National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Vail Valley and then identify plant and animal life at Fairy Forest. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in September, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Vail: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Breckenridge
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Spas

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): cruise along South Rim Road and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Vail in September, expect nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, around °F, while days are much warmer, around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve itinerary app.

Explore your travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Expect little chillier evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Old Colorado City. Change things up with these side-trips from Colorado Springs: River Rafting & Tubing (in Canon City) and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide). The adventure continues: stroll around Garden of the Gods, delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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