14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Drive:  28​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Dinosaur
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Golden
— 2 nights
Drive:  28​h
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Cherry Creek State Park, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then steep yourself in history at Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Wild Animal Sanctuary and then engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

Philadelphia to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Denver. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Dinosaur.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
The Wild Animal Sanctuary ©
The Wild Animal Sanctuary

1
night
Dinosaur

Dinosaur ©
Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Josie Morris Cabin and then trek along Harper's Corner.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dinosaur road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Denver to Dinosaur. June in Dinosaur sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Josie Morris Cabin
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Josie Morris Cabin ©
Josie Morris Cabin

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, admire the majestic nature at Mueller State Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado and then trek along Palmer Park.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dinosaur to Colorado Springs. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Mueller State Park
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Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
On the 2nd (Mon), get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs route website .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Mount Sanitas Trail, hunt for treasures at Boulder County Farmers Market, and then immerse yourself in nature at Eldorado Canyon State Park. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get into the urban bustle at Dairy Arts Center, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Boulder visit site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Boulder takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daytime highs in Boulder are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Golden.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Eldorado Canyon State Park, Wild Basin Area
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Eldorado Canyon State Park ©
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area
Boulder County Farmers Market ©
Boulder County Farmers Market

2
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Heritage Square Amusement Park, take an in-depth tour of Hotel de Paris Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mother Cabrini Shrine.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Golden online visit planner .

Golden is just a short distance from Boulder. In July, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Golden

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing, Hotel de Paris Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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