3 days in Colorado Itinerary

3 days in Colorado Itinerary

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3 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner .

Des Moines to Denver is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Des Moines to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Denver when traveling from Des Moines in August, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Childrens Museums Parks
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park vacation maker website .

Drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop

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