5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly

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Denver

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver online trip itinerary planner.

Nashville to Denver is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nashville in December, expect Denver to be little chillier, temps between 43°F and 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then make a short side trip with Estes Park Guided Tours, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Denver to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wildlife

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nights
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 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and finally explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

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Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in December, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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.