11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado Trip Planner

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Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
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Golden
— 4 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 3 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City. Appreciate the collections at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and ANA Money Museum. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, walk around Garden of the Gods, and catch a live event at Olympic Training Center.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner.

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from New York City in August, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Golden

— 4 nights

Lowell of the West

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cussler Museum and Littleton Museum. You'll explore and learn at Colorado Railroad Museum and Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Golden: Boulder (Colorado Chautauqua: Park, Museum of Boulder, &more) and Cherokee Ranch and Castle (in Sedalia). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, get engrossed in the history at Golden History Museum & Park, look for gifts at Boettcher Mansion, and stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Golden trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Golden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and tram; or take a bus. August in Golden sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Golden

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum, then examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, then examine the collection at Stanley Steam Car Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Loveland Museum/Gallery, then take in nature's colorful creations at Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and then admire the masterpieces at Swetsville Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Estes Park journey builder site.

Getting from Golden to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Estes Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.