11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Nashville
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
4
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Nashville

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 River Rafting & Tubing and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Manitou Cliff Dwellings and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, and walk around Garden of the Gods.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip builder website .

Nashville to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Nashville in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

3
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Denver Union Station and Denver Art Museum. Visit 16th Street Mall and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for their historical value. Step out of Denver with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, and learn more about the world around you at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip tool .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

1
night
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 30th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Moraine Park Museum, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Horseback Riding Tours. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder app .

Estes Park is just a short distance from Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Benson Park Sculpture Garden, River Rafting & Tubing
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Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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