17 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

17 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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17 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Burlington
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Denver
— 10 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: Burlington

10
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.
You've added Eldorado Canyon, Colorado Sightseer, Evergreen Lake, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Downtown Aquarium. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder), United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs) and Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail (in Castle Rock). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Denver vacation maker tool .

Burlington to Denver is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In May, Denver is little chillier than Burlington - with highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Boulder, Colorado Springs, Hidden Mesa Open Space & Trail, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Roxborough State Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Downtown Aquarium ©
Downtown Aquarium

3
nights
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.
You've now added Bear Lake to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road and then explore the activities along Bear Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and then see Off-Road Tours.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Rocky Mountain National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway ©
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Garden of the Gods and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel route builder .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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