12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Winter Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Boulder
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: Seattle

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hammond's Candies, LoDo, Tattered Cover Bookstore, and other attractions you added. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, admire all the interesting features of Mount Evans Scenic Byway, don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Ridge, catch a live performance at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, then see a show at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and finally get to know the fascinating history of 16th Street Mall.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary builder app .

Seattle to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Denver due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in Denver hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 60°F. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Morrison, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre ©
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak, Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Day Trips, Cosmo's Magic Theater, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Old Colorado City Historic District. There's more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip tool .

Traveling by bus from Denver to Colorado Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Winter Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Echo Canyon River Expeditions - Day Trips, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Winter Park

Winter Park
Winter Park is a home rule municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Winter Park Adventure Quest has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn and have fun at Winter Park Adventure Quest.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Winter Park road trip website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Winter Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Colorado Springs in July, plan for cooler days and little chillier nights in Winter Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Winter Park

Classes Outdoors

Side Trip

Winter Park Adventure Quest

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and finally take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online itinerary maker .

Drive from Winter Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Winter Park in July, plan for much hotter days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 91°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

4
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory as well as Argo Mill and Tunnel. Take a break from the city and head to St Mary's Glacier and Flagstaff Mountain. Explore Boulder's surroundings by going to United States Mint (in Denver), Rabbit Mountain (in Longmont) and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Pearl Street Mall, take in breathtaking views at Eldorado Canyon, grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path, and sample the tasty concoctions at Avery Brewing Company.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Boulder travel route builder app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Boulder by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, United States Mint, Rabbit Mountain
Highlights from your plan
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier
Pearl Street Mall ©
Pearl Street Mall
Argo Mill and Tunnel ©
Argo Mill and Tunnel

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