28 days in United States Itinerary

28 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  19 h 45 min
1
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Carbondale
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
7
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Leadville
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Vail
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Amsterdam

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and Manitou Springs Incline. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Colorado Springs is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Amsterdam in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 4°C. On the 11th (Mon), you're 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aztec Ruins National Monument and Long House. Change things up with a short trip to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, make a trip to Park Point, and examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

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, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°C in Mesa Verde National Park. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aztec Ruins National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, cruise along South Rim Road, and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at North Rim.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park using our trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 4 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Sun), get outside with Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte and then admire all the interesting features of Kebler Pass.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Crested Butte tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Crested Butte by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, Crested Butte is a bit cooler than Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park - with highs of 25°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Carbondale.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte ©
Black Tie Ski Rentals of Crested Butte

1
night
Carbondale

Carbondale ©
The Town of Carbondale is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Mon), tee off at Golf at River Valley Ranch and then admire all the interesting features of West Elk Loop Scenic Byway.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carbondale trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Crested Butte to Carbondale in 3 hours. When traveling from Crested Butte in September, plan for little chillier days in Carbondale, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Carbondale

Outdoors Golf Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Golf at River Valley Ranch ©
Golf at River Valley Ranch

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Rocky Mountains and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. There's lots more to do: relax and float downstream with Blue Sky Adventures, look for gifts at Sioux Villa Curio, trot along with a tour on horseback, and explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip website.

Glenwood Springs is just a short distance from Carbondale. In September in Glenwood Springs, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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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.
On the 22nd (Fri), stroll through Rio Grande Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The John Denver Sanctuary, thenhike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Ashcroft Ghost Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Aspen online travel planner.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Aspen by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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nights
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and then get interesting insight from Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Lakes and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Elbert.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Leadville trip planner.

Getting from Aspen to Leadville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in September: high temperatures in Leadville hover around 20°C and lows are around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Leadville

Nature Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert
Twin Lakes ©
Twin Lakes
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad ©
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad

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nights
Vail

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Boreas Pass Road and Vail Valley. Get out of town with these interesting Vail side-trips: Frisco Historic Park and Museum (in Frisco) and Dillon Reservoir (in Dillon). There's still lots to do: hike along Booth Falls Trail, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and get outside with Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leadville to Vail takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Leadville in September, you will find days in Vail are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are a bit warmer (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Frisco Historic Park and Museum, Dillon Reservoir, Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals, Boreas Pass Road
Highlights from your plan
Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals ©
Christy Sports Ski & Snowboard Rentals
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lookout Mountain and The Wild Animal Sanctuary. Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and St Mary's Glacier (in Idaho Springs). Next up on the itinerary: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in September, plan for much warmer days in Denver, with highs around 30°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Roxborough State Park, Lookout Mountain, St Mary's Glacier, The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier

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