10 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Iowa Itinerary

10 days in Denver, Colorado Springs & Iowa Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route planner

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Denver
— 3 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Council Bluffs
— 1 night
Drive
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Des Moines
— 1 night

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Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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 these side-trips from Denver: Estes Park (Horseback Riding Tours, Off-Road Tours, &more), River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, meet the residents at Denver Zoo, get curious at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Denver trip planning app.

Des Moines to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Des Moines in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Denver, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colorado Springs side-trips: Victor's Gold Camp Ag & Mining Museum (in Victor), Off-Road Tours (in Buena Vista) and Cañon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado, and get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Council Bluffs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Council Bluffs

— 1 night
Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. On the 3rd (Fri), appreciate the history behind Lewis and Clark Park, get engrossed in the history at Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and then try your luck at Horseshoe Council Bluffs.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Council Bluffs route planner.

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Council Bluffs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Council Bluffs, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Des Moines.

Things to do in Council Bluffs

Casinos · Fun & Games · Museums

Des Moines

— 1 night
Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Downtown Farmers Market, ponder the world of politics at Capitol Building, and then stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Des Moines journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Council Bluffs to Des Moines takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Des Moines are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Des Moines

Parks · Shopping

Iowa travel guide

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Casinos · Historic Sites · Specialty Museums
The Hawkeye State
Part of the American heartland, Iowa is marked by a strong agricultural heritage, with farmland encompassing around 90 percent of the state's land. However, a holiday in Iowa offers more than corn and cows: you'll also discover charming towns, beautiful lakes, and a handful of vibrant cities. Iowa City, a university town, provides a healthy dose of culture and nightlife, with a youthful and artistic vibe fueled by a sizable student population. A trip to some of Iowa's small towns provides a true American experience. Fortunately, the welcoming residents bear very little resemblance to the dour Iowans portrayed in Grant Wood's famous painting "American Gothic."