11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Seattle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park online road trip planner .

Seattle to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Estes Park is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Photography Tours
Rock Cut Brewing Company ©
Rock Cut Brewing Company
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
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.
On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Union Station, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Denver online route planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Denver, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West and then play a few rounds at Bridges Golf & Country Club.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montrose travel planner .

You can drive from Denver to Montrose in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Montrose can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You'll set off for Alamosa on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Montrose

Golf Outdoors Museums
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Bridges Golf & Country Club ©
Bridges Golf & Country Club
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

1
night
Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): sample the tasty concoctions at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Alamosa trip planner .

Drive from Montrose to Alamosa in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Montrose in August; daily highs in Alamosa reach 80°F and lows reach 45°F. You will leave for Buena Vista on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Alamosa

Breweries & Distilleries
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San Luis Valley Brewing Company ©
San Luis Valley Brewing Company

1
night
Buena Vista

Buena Vista ©
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the natural beauty of Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista visit planner .

You can drive from Alamosa to Buena Vista in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 47°F. You will leave for Manitou Springs on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Buena Vista

Nature Spas Parks
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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and then examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Downtown Manitou Springs, then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Manitou Springs online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Manitou Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Manitou Springs sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Adventure Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Canon City, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum and then meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Manitou Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Manitou Springs in August, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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