10 days in Estes Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

10 days in Estes Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

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10 days in Estes Park, Colorado Springs & Denver Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Kansas City

3
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Backbone Adventures, Downtown Estes Park and WildSide 4x4 Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and Trail Ridge Road. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center.

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Kansas City to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. Traveling from Kansas City to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kansas City in October since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
WildSide 4x4 Tours ©
WildSide 4x4 Tours
Backbone Adventures ©
Backbone Adventures

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Play Dirty ATV Tours, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Colorado Jeep Tours, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a memorable tour with Play Dirty ATV Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, then see Colorado Jeep Tours, then find something for the whole family at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and finally find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then pause for some photo ops at Will Rogers Memorial Shrine of the Sun.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Play Dirty ATV Tours, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Jeep Tours, Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Jeep Tours ©
Colorado Jeep Tours
Play Dirty ATV Tours ©
Play Dirty ATV Tours

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lakeside Amusement Park, Civic Center Park, Downtown Aquarium, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll through Civic Center Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and then find something for the whole family at Lakeside Amusement Park. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Downtown Aquarium and then contemplate the long history of Union Station.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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