8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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8 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
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.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Coors Field and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. On the next day, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally savor the flavors at The Source.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online road trip planner .

Columbus to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in September, Denver is little chillier at night with lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

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

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Milner Pass, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. September in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Scenic Drive, #Parks
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Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Seven Bridges Trail, Red Rock Canyon and Pikes Peak. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and admire all the interesting features of United States Air Force Academy.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

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