11 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

11 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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11 days in Denver & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

7
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Boreas Pass Road and Cherry Creek State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Rocky Mountain National Park (Emerald Lake Trail & Many Parks Curve Overlook), Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and Avery Brewing Company (in Boulder). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, learn about winemaking at Balistreri Vineyards, hit the slopes at Blue River Sports, and take a memorable drive along Guanella Pass.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver planning tool .

Charlotte to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in October, expect Denver to be little chillier, temps between 67°F and 40°F. On the 11th (Fri), you'll travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Breckenridge, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Roxborough State Park, St Mary's Glacier
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Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): hike along Palmer Park, see a show at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, then explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Bear Creek Nature Center, and finally walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online day trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Divide, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Palmer Park ©
Palmer Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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