12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
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Denver
— 3 nights
Drive
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Idaho Springs
— 1 day
Drive
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Estes Park
— 6 nights
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Manitou Springs

— 2 nights
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, then examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Manitou Springs online trip builder.

Chicago to Manitou Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Manitou Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 52°F in Manitou Springs. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Denver.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Denver

— 3 nights

Mile-High City

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.
Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Flatirons, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Denver itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Manitou Springs to Denver in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Manitou Springs in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Idaho Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs

— 1 day
The City of Idaho Springs is a Statutory City that is the most populous municipality in Clear Creek County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): hike along St Mary's Glacier, then look for gifts at The Soap Shop, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally see the interesting displays at Argo Mill and Tunnel.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Idaho Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Idaho Springs takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Idaho Springs to be cooler, temps between 50°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Idaho Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Estes Park

— 6 nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rocky Hiking Guides. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road, Old Fall River Road, &more). There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, visit Downtown Estes Park, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and cruise along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip maker.

Getting from Idaho Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Idaho Springs in August: highs in Estes Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.