12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cedar Falls
Drive:  22​h
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Copper Mountain
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Lake City
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Canon City
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  23​h
End: Cedar Falls

3
nights
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.
To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planning website .

Cedar Falls to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Cedar Falls in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. You will leave for Copper Mountain on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Tours

1
night
Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain ©
On the 4th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Copper Mountain trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Copper Mountain by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Copper Mountain are much colder (62°F), and nights are slightly colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lake City.

Things to do in Copper Mountain

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

3
nights
Lake City

Lake City
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Alpine Loop.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lake City trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Copper Mountain to Lake City takes 4 hours. When traveling from Copper Mountain in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lake City: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. You will leave for Canon City on the 8th (Thu).

Things to do in Lake City

Outdoors Trails Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Alpine Loop

few
hours
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center as well as Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): get curious at Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience and then examine the collection at Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Canon City trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Lake City to Canon City takes 4 hours. In August, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Lake City - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Museums Childrens Museums
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2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as well as North Pole - Santa's Workshop. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop and then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Manitou Springs tour planner.

Getting from Canon City to Manitou Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Manitou Springs at 80°F and lows at 52°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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