10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charleston
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  6 h 15 min
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Charleston

4
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 a short trip to Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Denver road trip planning website.

Charleston to Denver is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charleston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Golden History Museum & Park, Hotel de Paris Museum
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get great views at Milner Pass, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then stroll through Tundra Communities Trail, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road, explore the activities along Bear Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

3
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Abbey Events Complex, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

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