10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Roanoke

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stop by Focus on the Family Bookstore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then sample the fine beverages at 300 Days of Shine.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colorado Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Roanoke to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Roanoke to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Roanoke in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, 300 Days of Shine
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Focus on the Family Bookstore ©
Focus on the Family Bookstore

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): look for gifts at Penzeys Spices, then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall, then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver tour itinerary planning website .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Penzeys Spices, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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.
On the 10th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, then trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountains and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Get outdoors at Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Aspen (The John Denver Sanctuary & Rio Grande Trail). It doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs day trip site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Estes Park in September, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 59°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get outdoors at Yampa River Botanic Park and River Rafting & Tubing. Step off the beaten path and head to Yampa River Core Trail and F.M. Light & Sons. The adventure continues: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and hit the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in September: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

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