8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
+4
bus + foot + Fly + foot + train:  4​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
bus + Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then get a sense of history and politics at Colorado State Capitol, and then steep yourself in history at Union Station.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Kansas City to Denver is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kansas City to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kansas City in May, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
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Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally get great views at Milner Pass.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Buena Vista in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in May, expect Buena Vista to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): cruise along Skyline Drive, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Canon City road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 72°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 18th (Sat), stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at United States Air Force Academy, then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and finally make a trip to Olympic Training Center.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online tour planner .

Getting from Canon City to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

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