10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + Bus:  8​h 45​min
1
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fort Collins trip maker app .

Boston to Fort Collins is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus 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 Boston in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Fort Collins, with lows around 56°F. You will leave for Rocky Mountain National Park on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Outdoors Breweries & Distilleries

3
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 19th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road and then take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls. On your second day here, stroll through Cub Lake Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from Fort Collins to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Cub Lake Trail ©
Cub Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Chasm Falls ©
Chasm Falls

1
night
Colorado Springs

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and Garden of the Gods. On the 23rd (Fri), stroll around Garden of the Gods, then get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and then stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are slightly colder, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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.
You've now added Denver Museum of Nature & Science to your itinerary.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
You've now added Snowy Peaks Winery to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Estes Park Museum, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, then take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and finally do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Divide.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Shopping Wineries
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Dancing Pines Distillery ©
Dancing Pines Distillery
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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