30 days in United States Itinerary

30 days in United States Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Drive:  45 min
1
Boulder
— 1 night
Bus + Taxi:  1 h
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Georgetown
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Hotchkiss
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
10
Denver
— 14 nights
End: Denver

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons, and then shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder online sightseeing planner.

Denver to Boulder is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In August in Boulder, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons
Colorado Chautauqua: Park ©
Colorado Chautauqua: Park
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the activities along Bear Lake, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park route planner.

Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by combination of bus and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Georgetown.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Georgetown

Georgetown ©
The historic Town of Georgetown is the Territorial Charter Municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Hamill House Museum, then take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass, and then stroll through St Mary's Glacier.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Georgetown online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Georgetown by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Estes Park in August, with highs in Georgetown at 50°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Georgetown

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

St Mary's Glacier
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Guanella Pass ©
Guanella Pass
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Hamill House Museum ©
Hamill House Museum

2
nights
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 31st (Thu), hike along Hanging Lake Trail and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Georgetown to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. In August, Glenwood Springs is a bit warmer than Georgetown - with highs of 64°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Outdoors Tours
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Sat), do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally stop by Peach Street Distillers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Talon Winery.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Palisade trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, you will find days in Palisade are much warmer (81°F), and nights are a bit warmer (54°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Maison la Belle Vie Winery ©
Maison la Belle Vie Winery

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nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, then identify plant and animal life at Colorado National Monument, and then look for gifts at Enstrom's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, do a tasting at Two Rivers Winery, and then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grand Junction route planner.

Grand Junction is very close to Palisade. In September, daytime highs in Grand Junction are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hotchkiss.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Two Rivers Winery ©
Two Rivers Winery

1
night
Hotchkiss

Hotchkiss ©
Hotchkiss is a statutory town in Delta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): learn about winemaking at Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hotchkiss online itinerary builder.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Hotchkiss in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 53°F. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Hotchkiss

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards ©
Leroux Creek Inn & Vineyards

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Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Ute Indian Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and then get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Montrose online trip planner.

You can drive from Hotchkiss to Montrose in an hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Hotchkiss in September: highs in Montrose hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Ridgway State Park
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Little Medano Creek and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Montrose to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Montrose in September since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mosca, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Highlights from your plan
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV ©
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

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nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver (in Lone Tree), United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs) and Roxborough State Park (in Littleton). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Denver. Traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Denver, with lows of 52°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Golden, iFLY Indoor Skydiving - Denver, United States Air Force Academy, Water World, Roxborough State Park
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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