11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
End: Kansas City

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Canon City journey maker app .

Kansas City to Canon City is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Canon City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kansas City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 61°F in Canon City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, catch a live event at U.S. Olympic Training Center, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and Head underground at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs holiday planner.

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (86°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
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.
On the 26th (Thu), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Old Fall River Road. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, get your game on at Johnson's Park Miniature Golf, and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs travel route planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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