11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Joplin
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Joplin

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder site .

Joplin to Estes Park is an approximately 11.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Joplin to Estes Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Joplin in May, expect Estes Park to be little chillier, temps between 70°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bear Lake
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

1
night
Buena Vista

Buena Vista
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Buena Vista driving holiday planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Buena Vista by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car. In May, Buena Vista is slightly colder than Estes Park - with highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 30th (Thu), head outdoors with Royal Gorge Anglers and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Canon City tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Traveling from Buena Vista in May, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 72°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and finally make a trip to Olympic Training Center.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Trails Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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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

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens and then meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Denver trip 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 June, daytime highs in Denver are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

3
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.
Hallett Peak has been added to your itinerary. On the next day, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Hallett Peak.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Winter Park Resort
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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