5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Milwaukee
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Milwaukee

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, and finally explore the galleries of Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Denver driving holiday planner.

Milwaukee to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Milwaukee in January, you will find days in Denver are somewhat warmer (44°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Shopping
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Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then test your team's savvy at Vail Valley Escape Room, and then fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vail trip builder app .

You can drive from Denver to Vail in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Denver in January, things will get slightly colder in Vail: highs are around 25°F and lows about 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy. On the next day, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then stroll through Pike's Peak - America's Mountain.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs journey site .

You can drive from Vail to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Vail, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

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